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 2020 inklings book contest

is Here!

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Click below to submit your story or poem to the Inklings Book Contest. Submissions are due March 15, 2020. Limit one submission per person. See more guidelines and details at the link below.


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?

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.

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


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