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Free Writing Contest (San Jose)

Writing Contest Turns 3rd-9th Graders into Published Authors

Society of Young Inklings pairs authors with contest winners for the traditional editorial process

BAY AREA, Ca. – Society of Young Inklings, an organization with the mission of empowering young authors, has opened their doors for submissions of short stories and poems by 3rd-9th graders until March 15, 2018. Up to 20 winners will receive one-on-one mentorships with authors to learn firsthand the professional process of revising work prior to publication. Revised stories and poems will be published in the annual Inklings Book Anthology, to be released in August 2018. Details on submission can be found at www.younginklings.org/inklingsbookcontest.

“When I was young and filling notebooks with stories, I wanted someone to take my dreams seriously,” Naomi Kinsman, Executive Director, said. “Now I have the privilege of granting wishes like my own by pairing young writers with authors who provide artistic mentorship and with our publishing team who deliver real-world publishing opportunities.” Kinsman is also the author of the From Sadie’s Sketchbook series published by Zondervan.

The Society of Young Inklings instructional staff, all practicing and/or published writers, offer long-term guidance for young people who love to write. Submitting a short story or poem to the Inklings Book Contest is an excellent way to learn about what Society of Young Inklings has to offer. All applicants receive access to a free masterclass to help them prepare their stories or poems for submission. “Our goal is to provide an authentic learning experience to every applicant,” Kinsman said. “Though we can’t offer mentorships to all, we do send personalized editorial letters to a large group of finalists, and also offer a post-contest live online workshop for all applicants. The big ideas in each writer’s heart and head matter, and it’s our joy to help them express those big ideas on the page.”

Society of Young Inklings serves over 900 young writers across the nation. “The skills of strong communication, problem solving, and empathy are all developed through the process of learning to write creatively,” Kinsman said. “Writers have the power to touch another person’s heart, and thus, the power to change the world.”


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