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:
2019 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award
Information about the 2019 competition will be available in the Spring of 2019. The entry deadline will
be June 30, 2019.
2018 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award Winners
The winners of the 14th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition were announced by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White on December 4, 2018. Read the complete press release.
- Kat Corrigan
- Gwen Harrison
- Robin Helenthal
- Allan Johnston
- Vicki Kirksey
- Gloria Kroc
- Jan Look
- Elsie Martinez
- Pat Morin
- Rashidah Jaami' Muhammad
- Julia Nephew
- Tiffany Verzani
- Dasheka Whitaker
Final Judge: Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate, 2003–2017
Past Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners
The State Library gratefully acknowledges Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate 2003–2017, for his support of this competition..