Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards 2020

Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions of the fourth annual Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards (GBYPA)!

>>Thank you to all who’ve submitted for the 2020 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards.<<


A special shout out to Aanika Pfister for winning 2 years in a row. Congratulations!

Learn more about this talented poet in this interview.


View the list of 2020 winning poems by grade below. There’s also an option to download the entire list.  Learn more about this year’s Awards via the Poetry Foundation’s press release.

Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards 2019

View the list of 2019 winning poems by grade below:

Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards 2018

Below is a listing of the winners and honorable mentions, along with a listing of their poems.

Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards 2017

In 2017 Illinois Humanities partnered with Our Miss Brooks 100 and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts to revitalize the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards.

Read the 2017 winning poems.

Read the 2017 honorable mentions poems.

View a recap of the 2017 Awards Ceremony.

Learn more about the history of the Gwendolyn Brook Youth Poetry Awards.

The 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry awards was funded in part by The Chicago Community Trust, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, and the Poetry Foundation.