2020 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards 

  1. The contest is open to young people currently in Kindergarten through 12th grade across the state of Illinois. Participating young people can be affiliated with any school (public, private, home, etc.) or other institution.
  2. Each youth can only submit ONE poem and the poem must be written by only ONE author (sorry, we do not accept jointly or co-written poems for this contest).
  3. Poems cannot exceed 16 lines for poems submitted by young people in grades K-5 and cannot exceed 50 lines for poems submitted by young people in grades 6-12. Poems containing visual elements are allowed, if all images/visuals are original to the poet.
  4. Please only submit poems that were written between May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020, since poems are judged based on grade level.
  5. All entries must be the original work of the young person submitting the poem.
  6. Youth can submit their poem on their own or the poem can be submitted by a parent/guardian or teacher using submittable.com.
  7. When submitting a poem, please only enter your name on the entry form and do not include your name or identifying information on the poem itself, since the judging is anonymous.

Contest winners will be notified by July 1, 2020.

Winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony to take place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago (915 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois) on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 PM.

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