The ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award will be given every three years to a promising new poet of children's poetry (for children and young adults up to grade 12) who has published no more than two books of children's poetry. A book-length single poem may be submitted. The award is for published works only. Poetry in any language may be submitted; non-English poetry must be accompanied by an English translation. Poetry copyrighted from 2013 to 2015 may be submitted.
- Literary merit
- Appeal to children
- Evidence of a fresh, insightful voice
Submission deadline is January 15, 2016