Cotter Cup

2023 Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest

Joseph Cotter with the Cotter Cup and contestants

Registration for the 2023 Cotter Cup opens February 1

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. In 2021, the LFPL brought the Cotter Cup Storytelling Contest back to Western. Open to all Louisville students, grades K-12, the contest now focuses on storytelling through poetry.

To participate, students will be required to participate in a one-on-one consultation with a tutor from the University of Louisville Writing Center. UofL Writing Center staff will work with students to help them structure their writing and develop new skills to complete their poem. Participants will enter their finished piece for judging by April 1. Final poems should not exceed 1,000 words.

In Partnership with:

University of Louisville Writing Lab

Last Updated: 02/27/23