Writing Competition

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Trailblazer Committee is honored to announce the third year of our Writing Competition. We are committed to helping the youth of Texas transform their future by becoming enthusiastic readers, writers and thinkers.

If you have any questions, or wish to be added to our competition's distribution list, please email: writingcompetition@rodeohouston.com.

While you are here, read the press release announcing the 2022 Show winners and watch our video!

Who is eligible?

Any student author who is a Texas resident and is enrolled in the fourth grade at the time of entry.

Themes and Categories

Drumroll please! The theme of this year’s competition is “If I Had a Pony,” and the categories are Essay and Poetry. We can’t wait to see what our budding young authors create with this in mind!

How to Apply

  • Entry forms must be submitted to the Writing Competition portal. The portal link will be live no later than Dec. 1, 2022.
  • An Entry Form and Release of Liability must be signed by parent or guardian and submitted with the entry.
  • Entry deadline is Dec. 12, 2022.
  • There is no entry fee.


  • Each student author entering the competition will receive a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Certificate of Participation returned via email to the email address the submission was sent from.
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will announce the award winners on Feb. 27, 2023.
  • 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place in each category will receive an award.
  • Trailblazer’s Choice Awards (the Committee’s choice) will also be awarded.


Darlene Lively