Teens, ChiTeen Lit Fest Is November 6-7

The fifth annual for-teens-by-teens ChiTeen Lit Fest takes place Friday and Saturday, November 6-7. For the first time, the fest is fully virtual! ChiTeen Lit Fest provides a safe and creative space for you to unlock and discover your unique voice through literary arts.

Get Published Before the Fest

Each week leading up to the festival, we'll feature teens' work online. Submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction and essays, reviews, blogs, scripts, lyrics or graphic novel panels. Find information about how to submit your work.

ChiTeen Lit Fest Lineup

The festival includes workshops and meetups on both days, Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, as well as a headliner panel, performance and DJ dance party Friday night. Chicago storytellers 13 to 19, join us for all of the events and connect with professional writers and artists.

The 2020 festival features special guests:

Registration is free and opens October 1. Check chiteenlitfest.org for details.

Get started with the fun in October by picking up your ChiTeen Lit Fest grab and go bag from selected CPL locations while supplies last.

Grab and Go Bag Pickup Locations

These CPL locations have a limited number of ChiTeen Lit Fest goody bags for you to take home:

  • Albany Park
  • Altgeld
  • Austin
  • Avalon
  • Back of the Yards
  • Bucktown-Wicker Park
  • Budlong Woods
  • Chicago Bee
  • Chicago Lawn
  • Chinatown
  • Coleman
  • Daley, Richard M.
  • Douglass
  • Dunning
  • Edgewater
  • Hall
  • Harold Washington Library Center
  • Humboldt Park
  • Independence
  • Jefferson Park
  • Kelly
  • King
  • Little Italy
  • Logan Square
  • Lozano
  • Merlo
  • North Austin
  • Northtown
  • Portage-Cragin
  • Sherman Park
  • South Chicago
  • South Shore
  • Sulzer Regional Library