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General Eligibility:

  • Contestants must be between the ages of 5 and 18 years old.
  • Contestants must reside in Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, or Cameron Counties.
  • All entries must address the theme “Life of Pets”.



Entries will be reviewed by members of the South Texas Book Festival Committee. The decisions of the judges are final.



All physical entries become the property of McAllen Public Library without infringement on the copyrights of the entrants. Submission to the contest grants McAllen Public Library permission to reproduce. Contest winners will be invited and recognized at an awards ceremony held during the South Texas Book Festival on Saturday, November 2nd.


  • The contest opens on Monday, July 29th.
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 11th at 5:00PM.
  • Late entries will not be considered.
  • Submissions may be turned in at any McAllen Public Library location.
  • An individual may submit only one entry.
  • Entries must be the contestant's original work. Copyrighted materials such as characters, art and logos will not be accepted.
  • Submissions will be judged in three separate age categories:
    5-8 years, 9-13 years, and 14-18 years.
  • Use only the space provided. Everything outside of the lines will not be considered for the contest.
  • Acceptable art tools include colored pencils, crayons, markers, pens, paint, watercolor, and digital illustration.
  • Please do not sign or initial the entry.



Click the button below to download a copy of the submission form: 

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View winning entries from past years!



Theme: La Luna y El Sol

Dana Rivera: Danna
Gael Garcia: Gael
Irina Fernandez Gossio: Irina
Julian Marquez: Julian
Kaycie Ann Durzo: Kaycie
Lucía Lee: Lucia
María Villarreal Castro: Maria
Sofia M. Treviño: Sofia
Victoria Rios Quilantan: Victoria


Theme: Mythology & Folklore

Abigail Rivera: Abigail
Angelique Garcia: Angelique
Charlotte Lamb: Charlotte
Emma Camacho Ramos: Emma
Kimberly Nuche: Kimberly
Lilia Moore: Lilia
Maria Villarreal Castro: Maria
Riley Ahumada: Riley
Sofia Enriquez Rosas: Sofia


Theme: Celebrate! / ¡Celebrar!

Annabel Moncada: Annabel
Ava Treviño: Ava
Eliana Wainscott: Eliana
Estrella Ledezma: Estrella
Isabela Hernandez: Isabela
Jaida G. Ruiz: Jaida
Olivia Cantu: Olivia
Polet Dominguez: Polet
Sofia Treviño: Sofia

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