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Secretary of State and State Librarian Alexi Giannoulias is pleased to announce the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. Named for the late award-winning poet and Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, the contest promotes creative writing, encourages local writers, and provides a unique opportunity to recognize new literary talent in the state.

The award for first place is $500, second place is $300, and third place is $100. Winning poems will also be submitted for possible publication in partner Illinois journals.

For more information and to register, access the registration form here.