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, and members (have you joined yet?) will receive an editorial letter in response to their submission. That means this contest is a win-win, for every applicant!

The 2018 Inklings Book Contest results are in! 

The Inklings Book Contest submission deadline was March 15. But, never fear! While the submission deadline has passed, we still have many opportunities for you to connect with Society of Young Inklings.

Are You a Member?

If not, we’d love to show you around our community and send you a free Inklings Starter Kit personalized for your creative style. Take our creativity style quiz and join.

Editorial Letters

Did you know that we offer editorial feedback all year long? Our editorial letter mentorships are the perfect way to share your work and gain specific feedback to take your writing to the next level.

Idea Storm

If you’re ready to think about a new project, check out our game-packed mini-course, the Idea Storm. Brew up a storm of new ideas and keep that creativity flowing.

Thanks so much for your interest in our contest, and remember … this is our tenth annual! That means next year’s contest is already on its way. Our submission deadline is always March 15, so mark your calendar and come on back next year.


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 an editorial letter and the opportunity to revise prior to publication on our website.

How do I submit?

Stories and poems must be submitted between January 8, 2018 and March 15, 2018. Submit your manuscript with our easy online application. Make sure to join Society of Young Inklings before submitting, so that you can receive a personalized editorial letter, whether or not you are chosen as a winner or finalist. 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!  All applicants will receive a note of encouragement about their writing. The application window is now closed.

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. Every year, we invite guest judges to help us make the final decisions. Last year, our judges were Mandy Davis, Marilyn Hilton, David Shannon, and Lauren Wolk.

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 personalized editorial letter with feedback about their work and the opportunity to be published on our website.

What will I gain from Your Name in Ink?

Your Name in Ink allows you to experience the editorial process under a mentor’s guidance. You will gain writing finesse and confidence. When the program is complete, you will have a printed or published book to call your own.

Previous Inklings Books

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. Students can enter to win by March 15th.