Photo credit: Carlos Clinton Ashley

Photo credit: Carlos Clinton Ashley

Carlos Ashley Memorial Award

Youth Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post

The contest is open to all students residing in Gillespie County in two divisions: Grades 6-8 and  9-12. Deadline for entries is Monday, October 22nd.

A primary mission of The Gathering is to inspire young people to reflect on the rich and colorful history of the Hill Country... to express themselves through poetry, storytelling and songwriting. 

Writing categories are Poetry/Song Lyrics and Short Story.  Acceptable themes include:  Cowboy/Cowgirl Folklore, Western Culture and Farm & Ranch Lifestyle.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive cash prizes, certificates of achievement and a signed copy of Carlos Ashley’s “That Spotted Sow and Other Hill Country Ballads”  All contest entrants will receive a professional critique of their work from the judges. 

Winners will be announced prior to the “Letters of Charlie Russell” program presented by Montana cowboy poet, Randy Rieman at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on Thursday, November 8th. The program is free to middle and high school students. Adults by donation. 

Their works will be published in The Standard and read aloud on KNAF AM Radio during the Thanksgiving holiday season. 

The memorial awards are named for Texas Poet Laureate, Carlos Clinton Ashley-- teacher, rancher, and statesman—born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. 

For complete information and contest rules, contact Lindy Segall at 512.293-6949 or

Photo courtesy: The Ashley Family