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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:


2021 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award

Entry form and additional information will be available in the spring of 2021. The entry deadline is June 30, 2021.

2020 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award Winners

2020 Judges

Final Judge: Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate, 2003–2017


2019 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award

The winners of the 15th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition were announced by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White on December 16, 2019. Read the complete press release.

Winners

Past Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners

The State Library gratefully acknowledges Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate 2003–2017, for his support of this competition..