Cotter Cup

2022 Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest

Joseph Cotter with the Cotter Cup and contestants

In 1913, renowned Louisville educator and poet Joseph Cotter created a storytelling contest for kids at the Western Library that became known as the Cotter Cup. The 2022 Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest is open to Louisville students, grades K-12, and again this year it will focus on storytelling through poetry.

To participate, students are required to attend one virtual session with a tutor from the University of Louisville Writing Center. As a result, participation is limited to the first 15 students that register in each group: elementary, middle, and high school.

UofL Writing Center staff will work with students virtually to help them structure their writing and develop new skills to complete their poem. Participants will enter their finished piece for judging by April 10, 2022. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each group.

Because space is limited, students must commit to attend the virtual tutoring session and submit a final poem to the contest.

Registration for the 2022 Cotter Cup is now closed


In Partnership with:

University of Louisville Writing Lab


Last Updated: 02/25/22