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Youth Poetry Contest: Poems Due 5/31

3 weeks 12 hours ago #1 by Justin Kerr

The Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards is now in its 5th year and is seeking submissions from young poets. The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 31, 2021. 

Continuing the tradition started by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate herself in 1970, the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards celebrates the creative expression of youth throughout Illinois. The selection committee chooses two winning poems per grade level. Winning poets receive a small cash prize along with a book of Gwendolyn Brooks poetry from Library of America, a poetry chapbook containing all the winning poems, and are honored in a virtual awards ceremony scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Illinois Humanities will also be hosting two virtual poetry writing workshops with award-winning poet Tara Betts. On Saturday, May 1, 2021, Dr. Betts will lead a poetry writing workshop geared towards youth in grades 7-12. ( Click here to register here for this free workshop. )

For more information, contact Chris Guzaitis, Senior Director, at

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