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The 2023 I Am Texas Contest


Calling all student writers and artists! The 2023 I Am Texas contest is now open. Each year our “I Am Texas” theme encourages contestants to use Texas historical artifacts and resources found in The Bryan Museum’s collection (which over 70,000 pieces that tell the story of American West and Texas) as inspiration for their writing. This year, middle and high school students are asked to write fiction and nonfiction pieces inspired by the museum’s collection, and elementary aged students will focus on writing letters to Texans past and present. Student artists are asked to get creative by using art and their unique perspective to interpret the theme, I Am Texas. Top winners in each category will receive cash prizes!

See contest guidelines below. 

For additional opportunities, check out our literacy
partner’s annual publishing contest here!


Contest Opens:

Contest opens on December 1, 2022

Deadline:

Submission deadline is April 30, 2023

Winners Notified:

Semi-Finalists notified on May 15, 2023
Public Announcement of winners in September of 2023

Winning Writers and Artists will have the opportunity to experience the prestige and excitement that comes from being a part of the professional museum industry!

~ Prize Money!

~ Publication in the “I Am Texas” Historian’s Journal

~ Become a Permanent part of The Bryan Museum Library

~ See your Art on the Cover of the Historian’s Journal

~ PLUS Featured Artist Winners could even have their work exhibited and auctioned next to Famous Texas Artists at the annual Art Untamed Event! 

Writing

Grades 2-5: Letter (typed or handwritten)

Length: 1 page (Max 500 words)
Prizes: Top 3 highest scores –   $50 gift cards and the opportunity to be published in the “I Am Texas” Historian’s Journal which will become a permanent part of The Bryan Museum’s Library Collection

Write a letter to someone, past or present, who has contributed to Texas history or culture. The letter can be business or personal and can be about any topic; however, it should show that you understand the importance of this individual’s contribution. 

Examples:

Grades 6-8: Fiction or Non-Fiction (typed)

Length: 250 – 1000 words
Prizes: Top 3 highest scores –   $100 gift cards  and the opportunity to be published in the “I Am Texas” Historian’s Journal which will become a permanent part of The Bryan Museum’s Library Collection

Use an *artifact from The Bryan Museum collection as inspiration for fiction or non-fiction writing, such as literary, informational, argumentative, or correspondence. Click on some of this year’s featured artifacts to begin your research.

Grades 9-12: Fiction or Non-Fiction (typed)

Length: 250 – 1000 words
Prizes:
1st – $1000 
2nd – $500 
3rd – $250 

Winners will also have the opportunity to be published in the “I Am Texas” Historian’s Journal which will become a permanent part of The Bryan Museum’s Library Collection.

Use an *artifact from The Bryan Museum collection as inspiration for fiction or non-fiction writing, such as literary, informational, argumentative, or correspondence. Click on some of this year’s featured artifacts to begin your research.


Writing Contest Rules & Guidelines: 

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