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Texas Youth Creators Award

Promoting excellence in amateur media production.

The Texas Youth Creators Awards, previously named the Texas Media Awards, promote excellence in amateur media production and its importance in life-long learning. Since 1988, it has been an annual, statewide event open to school-aged Texas residents. Each entry will be reviewed and submitted by a sponsoring librarian to ensure copyright compliance and to highlight the important roles librarians play in technology integration and instruction. Qualified, impartial volunteers judge entries on criteria for each individual contest division.

Students with winning entries receive awards at the Texas Youth Creators Awards Program during the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. The most outstanding entry over all earns the Bob Bennett “Best of Show” Award. Texas Youth Creators Awards Program sponsors include the Texas Youth Creators Awards Committee, the TLA Media and Related Technologies Round Table, and the Texas Association of School Librarians.

You will need to submit a separate form for each entry, listing only the student or students that worked on that particular project.

Entry Deadline: All materials must be postmarked by January 25, 2019.

Each entry that is physically mailed in must be submitted in its own envelope, but several envelopes may be packaged together with a check for the entry fees. Make checks payable to the Texas Library Association. NO entries will be returned.

Mail entries and fees to:
Texas Youth Creators Awards
Texas Library Association
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401
Austin, TX 78746-6763

Please note:

  • The entry form is online. If you are mailing in an entry, please submit your form online and then either print the form (from your browser once you submit it) or print the verification email to include with the mailed entry.
  • Submit a separate entry form for each project; at the bottom of the form, you will list only the students who worked on that particular project.
  • You no longer have to include Student Work Release Forms or Copyright and Sponsor Certification Forms with the mailed entries. However, the Texas Youth Creators Awards Committee will assume that the sponsoring librarian has on record a Work Release Form and a Copyright Certification Form signed by both the student and the parent/guardian.

Entry Fee

  • For a single entry by 1-10 students, the fee is $10
  • For a single entry by 11-20 students, the fee is $20
  • For a single entry by 21-30 students, the fee is $30
  • For a single entry by more than 30 students, contact the TYCA Committee

These nominal fees help defray the costs of awards and prizes.

Contest Divisions

  • Animation
  • Black & White Photography (35mm and digital photographs)
  • Book Trailers
  • Color Photography (35mm and digital photographs)
  • Coding: Games
  • Digital Music Composition
  • Graphic Design
  • Multimedia Presentation
  • Video Recording
  • Web Design

Judges will rate entries in four grade levels:

  • PK-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Group projects with mixed grade levels will compete in the higher grade-level category.

Contest Rules

  • Every entry must have a sponsoring public library, public school library, or private school library.
  • Individuals or groups may submit entries.
  • A sponsoring library may submit up to ten entries per grade-level subdivision in each of the nine contest divisions.
  • Participants may submit either one individual project or one group project in each contest division.
  • Entries must adhere strictly to all applicable copyright laws and guidelines. The Texas Library Association reserves the right to disqualify any entry based on a reasonable belief that the entry has infringed the copyright laws of the U.S. or any other country.
  • In accordance with United States copyright laws, some projects may not be eligible to be shown publicly during the awards ceremony.
  • A bibliography must be submitted for each entry that is not original work.
  • To ensure media can be viewed by judges and to assist you in mailing and supply costs, entries in all categories may now be submitted digitally via the online form.
  • Entries must comply with specific contest division guidelines.
  • Paperwork must be submitted and fees received by the deadline for an entry to be judged.
  • Entries must have been initiated and completed between January 13, 2018 and January 24, 2019.


All entries must adhere to copyright law. Refer to the following sources if you are unfamiliar with copyright as it applies to K-12:

Educational CyberPlayground’s Copyright Resources

Copyright With CyberBee

Because copyright exemptions may not apply to public performances in the same way that they apply to classroom use, the Texas Library Association reserves the right not to show an entry during the awards ceremony based on a reasonable belief that showing the entry may infringe the copyright laws of the U. S. or any other country.

Judging & Awards

Qualified, impartial volunteers will serve as judges. The judges base their decisions on the criteria listed for each contest division. Judges will not evaluate contest divisions in which they may have assisted students with entry production. Awards may be given for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention. At the discretion of the judges, awards may not be presented for every place in a contest division.

Each participant in a winning entry created by an individual or small group will receive an award ribbon. Classes that submit one entry will receive one award ribbon and certificate for the classroom, as well as individual certificates for each participant in the class. The most outstanding entry over all earns the Bob Bennett “Best of Show” Award.

Awards will be presented at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Winners will be announced in March.

The decisions of the judges and the Texas Youth Creators Awards Committee are final.


Copyright and Sponsor Certification Forms
Student Work Releases Forms


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