Writing Competition

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s™ Writing Competition is back for 2022!

For a second year, Texas second graders will be invited to submit a poem or an essay that addresses the chosen theme. The 2022 theme is, "The Adventures I’ll Have in My Boots." The deadline for all submissions is Jan. 24, 2022.

Please download and read the 2022 Rules & Regulations and Liability Release form below. You will be prompted to upload the completed Liability Form as an attachment during the submission process.

Our submission process is now online to enter your student author!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at: writing@trailblazercommittee.com.

Ready. Set. Go!


Darlene Lively

2021 Winners


  • 1st – Claire Pumphrey, Huggins Elementary – Fulshear, Texas
  • 2nd – Emma Ferguson, Greens Prairie Elementary – College Station, Texas
  • 3rd – Ava Bessler, Homeschooled – College Station, Texas


  • 1st – Hunter Hoffman, Whitney Elementary – Whitney, Texas
  • 2nd – Blaise Bayer, Homeschooled – Gainesville, Texas
  • 3rd – Savannah Evans, Second Baptist School – Houston

Trailblazer’s Choice

  • Essay: Cydney Howell, Cornerstone Christian Academy – Sugar Land
  • Poetry: Bryson Courtney, Harvey Brown Elementary – Houston
Read Essays and Poems