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. Enter one of our current contests below:
ICL Lost and Found Poetry Contest
Write a poem for children based on the theme "Lost and Found." Your poem can be in any style and it does not have to rhyme. (If you do write in rhyme, please read this post on common rhyming mistakes to avoid.) Poems should be no more than 500 words (and can be a lot less than 500 words.) Your poem should be aimed at children 4-8 years old. The winning poem will win $650! Check out the details here.
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Institute for Children's Literature Newsletter
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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
Contest rules available here:
IFW Contest Rules
ICL Contest Rules