Past Event

Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards

Virtual Awards Ceremony

CLICK HERE to join us for the live virtual awards ceremony TODAY at 2:00 PM CST

Join us on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM for a live virtual awards ceremony as we celebrate this year’s Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Award winners. Please register here for this event.

Since 2017, Illinois Humanities, in partnership with Brooks Permissions, Poetry Foundation, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, has hosted this statewide poetry contest for youth in grades K-12.

The Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards is a continuation of the contest Gwendolyn Brooks started in 1970 in her role as Poet Laureate of Illinois and continued until her passing in 2000. We are proud to honor the legacy of Ms. Brooks through this contest.

For more information on the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards, visit