Registration available for Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

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Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that entry forms are now available for the annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.

This competition is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, the current Illinois Poet Laureate and is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks.

“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 is open to all Illinois residents age 18 and over.

Winning poems will be submitted for possible inclusion in the “Bluestem,” “Ninth Letter,” “Quiddity,” “RHINO” and “Poetic License Press” publications.

Winners will receive prizes and read their poems at a ceremony later this year at the Illinois State Library in Springfield.

First place will receive a $500 prize with second getting $300 and $100 for third.

Additional information and entry forms can be found at

Entry forms must be postmarked no later than June 30.

For more information contact Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or

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