Craft a Winning Story or Poem - For Classrooms
Craft a Winning Story or Poem - For Classrooms

Craft a Winning Story or Poem - For Classrooms

๐ŸŽฌ 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.

Educators, you can learn more about ways to utilize this course in your online or physical classroom with our Teacher's Guide.

Educators, students can submit their stories or poems individually here, or you can choose to submit a class set using the instructions on this page.

๐Ÿ““ 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.

๐Ÿฅณ 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.



๐Ÿ‘€ Course Overview

Create Your Story or Poem for the Inklings Book Contest

๐Ÿงญ Navigation


TO BEGIN: CHOOSE YOUR IDEA โ‡› How to Choose an Idea


DRAFT YOUR POEM โ‡› How to Start a Poem


REVISE YOUR STORY โ‡› Show, Don't Tell โ‡› How to Revise a Story


REVISE YOUR POEM โ‡› Show, Don't Tell โ‡› How to Revise a Poem


FINALIZE YOUR SUBMISSION โ‡› How to Finish a Story or Poem

๐Ÿ“ฎ Questions? We're here for you!

If you have any questions before, during, or after the course, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm atย

โ€œTake care not to listen to anyone who tells you who you can and can't be in life.โ€ โ€•Meg Medina