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TEXAS – Starting August 15, 2019, third annual short story writing contest for students, grades 6-12, begins accepting entries. The contest is sponsored by Texas Authors Institute of History, the only museum in the country that is dedicated to preserving the works of Texas authors, both past and present. Part of the mission of the museum is to develop and encourage future authors of Texas. Students can click here for the official rules and click here for the entry form.

The short story contest is open to any student, grades 6-12, whether in public, private or homeschools. Each grade will have winners by region based on the first two numbers of their zip code: 75, 76,77, etc. Then there will be statewide winners. A number of prizes will be awarded.

“We celebrate the creative minds of the younger generation,” said B. Alan Bourgeois, founder, and director of Texas Authors Institute. “We know they are the future authors who will push the boundaries of great works and we are thrilled to collaborate with the schools and to encourage the students to grow into great writers that the world can recognize and honor.”

While Texas Authors Institute has three major sponsors,, Gatekeeper Press and DEAR Texas, Inc., they welcome other businesses to join them in promoting literacy and education both locally and statewide. Interested sponsors can reach the Institute at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how they can participate.

For more about Texas Authors Institute of History museum, or even to submit a book that you have written, please visit their website http://TexasAuthors.Institute

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A Bug Who Needs A Hug

Authors Revolution Workbook

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.—an award-winning author and speaker—entertains with a purpose in his books and presentations. He’s thrilled thousands of readers through his YA Christian mystery/adventure Thunder and Lightning series about two inquisitive boys and their dogs who solve one crisis after another around the world.

Aaron’s books include The Secrets of the Castle, The Salt Mines Mystery, The Phantom of the Fortress, and The Isle of Intrigue. Aaron has produced one book as a ghost-writer called Our Dad The Hero.

Here are a few fun facts:

Aaron loves playing guitar, singing, running, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. “Activity sparks creativity,” he says. “I enjoy God’s creation and glorifying Him.”

Aaron is part of American Christian Fiction Writers and volunteers in church and in the community.

Aaron is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and lives with his wife, Joyce, in Holly Lake Ranch, TX. He loves being a husband, father and grandpa to their have two married sons and four wonderful grandchildren.

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