IIllinois Emerging Writers Competition Illinois Center for the Book
Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award
Named for the late Pulitzer Prize winner and Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition provides a unique opportunity and outlet for recognizing new literary talent in the state. The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over, and has an annual entry deadline of June 30.
Cash prizes are awarded for first ($500), second ($300) and third place ($100), and winning poems are submitted for possible publication in Illinois literary magazines, including:
2017 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award
The competition is currently in the judging phase. The entry deadline was June 30, 2017. Winners will be announced by the end of the year.
- Kat Corrigan
- Patty Harkin
- Gwen Harrison
- Theodore Harrison
- Robin Helenthal
- Dave Joens
- Allan Johnston
- Vicki Kirksey
- Gloria Kroc
- Jan Look
- Elsie Martinez
- Pat Morin
- Rashidah Jaami' Muhammad
- Julia Nephew
- Tiffany Verzani
- Dasheka Whitaker
Final Judge: Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein
2016 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award Winners
The winners of the twelfth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition were announced by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White on December 19, 2016. Read the complete press release.
1st – Jeanne Genis of St. Joseph for her poem Finch (For Brigit in Illinois)
2nd – Whittney Jones of Harrisburg for her poem The Price of Coal
3rd – Rochelle Zappia of Des Plaines for her poem Don’t Ever Let Them Sing
Past Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners
The State Library gratefully acknowledges Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein for his continued support in making this competition possible.