The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards is September 27

The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards is September 27

The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards (GBOMA) will be held September 27, 2017. Submissions are still open but you have until Sunday, September 10, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

This will be the 24th annual event where Illinois residents will submit their 3-minute poem to hopefully recite. The payoff is $500 for the winner but the best part overall is being a part of the excitement.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was a Pulitzer Prize winner poet who was born in Kansas but lived the rest of her life in Chicago. Brooks founded the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award twenty-two years ago.

This year, the event will be held at the The American Writers Museum, Chicago. The competition is open to Illinois residents aged 18 years and older.

So--now you know what to do with all of those poems you've been sitting on, right? Or, go ahead and create one--3 minutes is not bad. I'm sure you've written a Dear John letter that was longer than that.

For more information about the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards, click here and good luck!

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