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Inklings Book Contest

Share Your Big Ideas with the World

Whether you write stories or poems or both, whether your words are funny, heartfelt, imaginative, or true-to-life, there’s a place for you in the Inklings Book Contest. Every 3rd-9th grade writer who enters will receive feedback. That means this contest is a win-win, for every applicant!

The 2020 Inklings Book is Here!

Buckle up and explore the world through the eyes of twenty youth authors. This twelfth edition of the annual Inklings Book anthology features work by youth writers in grades three through nine. Inside these pages, you’ll be swept out to sea, travel through magical lands, experience mystery, magic, history, and the here and now. Most importantly, you’ll hear the beat of each writer’s unique heart. Each piece is paired with a letter from the youth’s author-mentor who guided the revision process. The Inklings Book 2020 is part literary feast, part practical revision guide-a book to be savored by readers and writers of all ages.

FAQ

What is the Inklings Book?

The Inklings Book is an anthology that features short stories and poems by twenty young writers and is professionally published by Society of Young Inklings in August of each year.

Who is the contest for?

Young writers in grades 3-9 who are ready to be treated like a pro and increase their writing skills. Winners will work with a professional mentor on an in-depth revision prior to publication in the book. Finalists will receive a revision letter and will have the opportunity to revise prior to publication on our website. EVERYONE will receive personal feedback on their submission!

How do I submit?

Submit your manuscript with our easy online application. Educator members can submit a full classroom set of stories and poems, and all students will receive professional feedback. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear from a pro! 

How are the winners chosen?

We look for stories with a strong point of view, intriguing characters, descriptive settings, and well-developed plots. In poetry, we look for lyrical language, rhythm, and that touch of flair or surprise that makes a poem stand out. Most importantly, we review applications closely to ensure that the chosen winners are committed to the revision process. Up to ten winners will be chosen from grades 3-6 and up to ten from grades 7-9.

What will I win?

Winners receive a two-session editorial mentorship with a professional mentor/writer, throughout which they will revise and polish their poem or story. The revised stories and poems are then published in the Inklings Book, which is distributed through various retail channels. Winners also receive their own copy of the Inklings Book as well as one for their school. Finalists will receive a revision letter with feedback about their work and the opportunity to be published on our website.

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