Contests

Contests are a great way to sharpen your submission skills and get your work out there. Plus, you could win part of the $1,300 in prize money we award to our contest winners. Winning entries are critiqued in our Winners' Workshop where we announce the winners in a live webinar.

The Institute for Children's Literature and the Institute for Writers offer writing contests year around for various genres. Please see our most current contests below:


 ICL After School Short Story Contest

Click the image to enter. Check out the full contest rules HERE.

Deadline is June 30, 2018.


 IFW Personal Essay Contest - A Trip That Didn't Go as Planned




Click the image to enter. Check out the full contest rules HERE.

Deadline is July 31, 2018.


For tips on how to improve your contest entries (and possibly win!), check out these resources from ICL and IFW:

How to Win a Contest by ICL Instructor Nancy Coffelt

Tighten Up Your Weakest Link for a Contest Win by ICL contributor Jan Fields

Why a Contest? Seven Lucky Reasons to Enter by ICL Contributor Jan Fields

Why Entering a Contest Helps YOU! with Katie Davis and Nancy Coffelt




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