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2024 Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest

The Western Library Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest

Registration for the 2024 Cotter Cup opens February 1

In 1913, renowned Louisville educator and poet Joseph S. Cotter, Sr. created a storytelling contest for kids at the Western Library that became known as the Cotter Cup. Today, the annual Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest—presented in partnership with the UofL Writing Center—focuses on storytelling through poetry and is open to all Louisville students, grades K-12.

Participation in the contest is free and prizes will be awarded to the winners in three age groups (elementary, middle school, & high school). To be eligible, students must register and submit their wholly original poem online no later than March 14 (one entry per student). Final poems should not exceed 1,000 words.

Students looking for additional help with their writing can stop by Western Library on Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. to meet with tutors from the UofL Writing Center. Tutors are available on a first-come, first-served basis to help students improve their writing skills on school assignments, creative writing projects, and their Cotter Cup entries.

Registration is now closed.