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!

Congrats to our Inklings Book Contest

winners and finalists!

Thank you to all of you who shared your stories and poems with us. It is an honor to get to read them and you should be proud for sharing your words. Click below to read our contest results announcement

Our favorite time of year is here… Inklings Book Contest season! Each year from January to March, we accept submissions from 3rd-9th graders to be considered for our annual Inklings Book anthology.


Winners are paired with a professional writer/mentor who works with them to revise their stories and poems for publishing; Finalists are given the opportunity to be published on our website; and ALL writers receive personalized feedback on their submissions!

Try Our Free Prep Course

Want to try out Inklings activities and strategies to prep your contest submission in style?  Join our FREE online prep course, which will help you draft, revise, and put the final touches on your story or poem.


Check Out the 2020 Inklings Book 

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. 


What is the Inklings Book?

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

Who is the contest for?

The Inklings Book Contest is for youth 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. All students will receive professional feedback. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear from a pro! Please read through all submission requirements on the application page before submitting. 

Educators, if you would like to submit a classroom set of contest submissions, click here to read more.

Entries may be submitted in English or Spanish. Stories submitted in Spanish will be translated by a member of our team, or you may provide your own English translation.

Historias y poemas pueden ser entregadas en español y serán traducidas por un miembro de nuestro equipo. También puede proveer su propia traducción en inglés. Información en español.

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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