Awards & Grants

ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award is a US$500 award 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 2016 to 2018 may be submitted.

Sponsored by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Deadline: January 15


Recent recipients


Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems From the Water Hole by Irene Latham (Millbrook Press/Lerner)


Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee & Low Books)

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