Statewide competition planned for young Illinois poets

SHARE Statewide competition planned for young Illinois poets

Illinois poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, seen reading her poetry at an event shortly before her death in 2000. A statue of her will be unveiled Thursday. | AP File Photo

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide completion.

Secretary of State Jesse White says in a news release that entry forms are now available for the 13th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. The entries must be postmarked by June 30.

The competition is named after the late-Pulitzer Prize winning poet who was also at one time the Illinois Poet Laureate.

It is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years old. The winner will receive $500 in cash, with cash going to the second and third place entrant. The winning poems will also be submitted for publication in various journals.

Entry forms are posted online here.

The Latest
Many Muslim nations criminalize gay sex — including World Cup host Qatar. Appeals for change from LGBTQ-friendly nations are routinely dismissed as unwarranted interference.
Hughes, who has called Cubs games since 1986, was a finalist in 2016 and 2020. He joins Jack Brickhouse (1983) and Harry Caray (1989) as Cubs announcers to win the award.
Krzysztof Szubert, 21, was found unresponsive in the water about 1:55 a.m. Wednesday.
New York has been rebuilding its pitching staff following a playoff loss to San Diego in the wild-card round.
In a June 2021 incident, the Colorado nightclub shooting suspect loaded bullets into a Glock pistol and warned their frightened grandparents not to stand in the way of an elaborate plan to stockpile guns, ammo, body armor and a homemade bomb to become “the next mass killer.”