Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award
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

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Additional instructions will be sent to the e-mail address provided above; please begin to ship submitted books as soon as you receive the additional information. Books must reach the shipping addresses by January 15, 2016.