The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) revealed 10 winners from among 210 entries for its annual Fiction Contest. Students in grades 7-12 were asked to put their imaginations to work and write a story dedicated to the idea of “Building Bridges.” Ayden Reece Thoma, a 7th grader at Concordia Lutheran School, won first place in…Read More
Month: February 2017
The Other Side by Brian Yancelson
1st place, Alamo Heights High School 2017 Fiction Contest Winner (9th/10th Grade Division) “Why can’t I cross over to the other side?” I curiously ask my mom. “It looks just like where we live.” “Honey, you will never, under any circumstances, cross that bridge,” my mother orders. “You may not understand why, but just know it’s…Read More
All In This Together by Ayden Reece Thoma
1st place, Concordia Lutheran School 2017 Fiction Contest Winner (7th/8th Grade Division) I sat alone in my cramped room, time slowly ticking away as I wait for hope that will never be found. I hear the occasional cough from the room next to mine, for Anna, my sister, became sick four weeks ago, and it has only…Read More
An Afternoon with Red Evelyn by Ashleigh Houff
1st place, William Howard Taft High School 2017 Fiction Contest Winner (11th/12th Grade Division) 1941 It was a significantly red September. The air was unusually clear and sharp for a west coast autumn, and it seemed like everyone’s cheeks and noses were flushed a brilliant crimson. Though widely circulated newspapers screamed of The War that…Read More
Cinco! Five New Additions to the Book Festival
The 2017 San Antonio Book Festival marks the 5th anniversary of this free literary event. To recognize this significant milestone, we have added five—count ’em: one, two, three, four, Cinco!—wonderful new additions to Book Festival weekend. Cheers to our 5th annual SABF! (Listed in alphabetical order because we can’t decide which we love most) Beer…Read More
More than 100 Authors Coming to 5th Annual SABF!
The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) has released its lineup of more than 100 national, regional, and local authors who will appear at the 5th annual Festival. A detailed schedule of author sessions will be available at saplf.org/festival in March. Headlining the 2017 lineup is New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett, whose most recent novel,…Read More
Congratulations to our 2017 Fiction Contest Finalists!
We received 210 submissions to our annual Fiction Contest this year. Thank you to the educators across Bexar County who assigned our “Building Bridges” contest to their students. Our judges reported that the submissions were “outstanding” and “the best quality yet.” Students, you should be very proud! Winners will be announced February 15. Our Fiction…Read More