Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced entry forms are available for the 11th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.
“We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide an outlet for talented writers,” White said. “Great poems have the ability to enrich and enhance our lives, and I am looking forward to discovering talented new poets with this year’s competition.”
The competition, co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, the current Illinois Poet Laureate, is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks.
The competition is open to Illinois residents 18 and older. Entries must be postmarked by June 30. Winning poems will be submitted for possible inclusion in the Bluestem, Ninth Letter, Quiddity, RHINO and Poetic License Press publications. Winners will read their poems and receive prizes at a ceremony later this year at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first- ($500), second- ($300) and third-place ($100) winners.