Craft a Winning Story or Poem
Craft a Winning Story or Poem

Craft a Winning Story or Poem

🎬 First, what is the Inklings Book Contest?

Are you ready to be a published author?

If so, the Inklings Book Contest is just the place for you! In this annual contest, youth authors in grades 3-9 are invited to submit stories and poems. Twenty winners are chosen to be published in our Inklings Book, a number of finalists are published on our blog and everyone who submits receives personalized feedback on their work.

Have more questions? We've got answers! Here's our FAQ.

In this intro video, Naomi Kinsman, Founder of Society of Young Inklings, gives you the inside scoop on how to use this course to prepare your story or poem for the contest.

📓 Next: Gather Your Supplies

For this course, you'll need:

  • Pencil or pen
  • Scratch Paper
  • A journal or computer (or other tool you prefer for loose drafting)
  • Each lesson includes a printable or interactive form. Remember, you can reference the printable and write on your own paper if you don't want to print and/or can't add the PDF to a write-on app on a tablet.

🥳 Ready to dive in?

Then, it's time to click the ONWARD link below and begin!

Scroll down to see the course overview and for quick-link navigation.


👀 Course Overview

Create Your Story or Poem for the Inklings Book Contest

🧭 Navigation

TO BEGIN: CHOOSE YOUR IDEA ⇛ How to Choose an Idea ⇛ Need Inspiration?
DRAFT YOUR POEM ⇛ How to Start a Poem ⇛ Need Inspiration?
REVISE YOUR STORY ⇛ Show, Don't Tell ⇛ How to Revise a Story
REVISE YOUR POEM ⇛ Show, Don't Tell ⇛ How to Revise a Poem
FINALIZE YOUR SUBMISSION ⇛ How to Finish a Story or Poem

📮 Questions? We're here for you!

If you have any questions before, during, or after the course, don't hesitate to reach out. We're at

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