Enter the Tenth Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Enter the Tenth Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

Gwendolyn BrooksFancy yourself a poet? Want to win cash prizes for your poetry? The tenth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award is now open for submissions. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that entry forms are available for the competition that is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, who succeeded Brooks as Illinois Poet Laureate.

“We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide a new 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.”

Open to Illinois residents age 18 and over, entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500) second ($300) and third place ($100) and winning poems will be submitted for possible publication. Forms and other information may be found at the Secretary of State’s web site.

Not familiar with Miss Brooks and her work? Check out these two titles in our circulating collection – In the Mecca and Selected Poems. Enjoy and Good luck with the contest!



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