Frequently Asked Questions

Can my group apply?


Multiple members of a group may apply, but each must apply as an individual. 

Can I email my art?



Please submit all entries along with completed application to  

Can I apply as only a volunteer?


Yes! Submit proof of your volunteerism and all other required documents. Be as creative as you'd like!! 

How will I be contacted?


You will ALWAYS be contacted via email.

Winners MAY also be contacted by phone. 


What dates should I remember?


Deadline: 4/20

Finalists Contacted: 4/28  

Auditions & Presentations for Finalists: 5/18

Winners Announced: 6/15

Poetry Café with Winner Performances: 6/28

Private Ceremony: TBA

I don't volunteer with a group...


No problem! If you have an awesome volunteer project or cause that you lead independent of an organization, we'd love to hear about it!! Especially if you have pics or video!!

What is Greater Chicagoland?


Chicago, South Suburbs, West Suburbs, Maywood, Bellwood, Kankakee, and Rockford... 

Don't see your area? 

Send us an email!!

I still have a question...


If you have a concern or question you haven't been able to find the answer to, send us an email at

Trouble with the app on MAC?


If you are having trouble with filling out the application on your MAC computer, please just type out your application questions and responses and send it in.