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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 lifelong 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 overall 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 February 5, 2021.

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.
  • Entries must comply with specific contest division guidelines. Animation Guidelines, Black and White Photography Guidelines, Book Trailer Guidelines, Color Photography Guidelines, Coding and Gaming Guidelines, Music Digital Composition Guidelines, Graphic Design Guidelines, Multimedia Presentation Guidelines,Video Recording  Guidelines, Web Design Guidelines.
  • Paperwork must be submitted and fees received by the deadline for an entry to be judged.
  • Please ensure all links to entries are able to be viewed by judges.
  • Judges will rate entries in four grade levels: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8,and 9 – 12; group projects with mixed grade levels will compete in the higher grade-level category
  • Entries must have been initiated and completed between August 3, 2020 through February 5, 2021.
  • Please print submissions form/s to send in with entry fees. Submissions will not be judged until entry fees have been received. Please make checks payable to Texas Library Association.

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

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

Online submissions are recommended. For Animation, Book Trailers, Digital Compositions, Multimedia Presentations, and Video Recordings categories we suggest using YouTube links. For Black and White Photography, Color Photography, Graphic Design, Web Design, and Coding Games please use a shareable link (i.e. Dropbox).

Please click on the hyperlinked category buttons below to submit your entries. Print each online entry form to sent in with entry fee.


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.

Please note:

  • You no longer have to include Student Work Release Forms or Copyright and Sponsor Certification Forms with the entries. However, the Texas Youth Creators Awards Committee assumes 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.

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 contacted by March 26, 2021. The Awards will be presented at the TLA Annual Conference on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3 pm.

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

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