The fifth annual for-teens-by-teens ChiTeen Lit Fest takes place Friday and Saturday, April 24-25 at Chicago Cultural Center and Columbia College Chicago. The ChiTeen Lit Fest provides a safe and creative space for you to unlock and discover your unique voice through literary arts.
Join the Teen Advisory Council
The ChiTeen Lit Fest Teen Advisory Council is looking for new members! Are you a planner? Do you want to get paid for the work you do? Apply online by August 15.
Submit a Proposal
We're seeking proposals for workshops, interactive experiences and meetups for the 2020 festival. Teens, we highly encourage you to submit proposals, but the young-at-heart are also welcome to submit. Learn more and submit your proposal.
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. Look for information about how to submit your work, starting in September!
About the 2020 Festival
The festival includes a kick-off party Friday, April 24 at the Chicago Cultural Center followed by a daylong event Saturday at Columbia College Chicago. Chicago's storytellers 13 to 19 can attend workshops, maker and interactive experiences, and meetups, and connect with professional writers and artists.
The 2020 festival features special guests:
This year, we're adding workshops for educators and adults chaperoning teens at the festival.
Registration is free and opens February 1. Food is provided for all teen participants on both days. We'll provide free transportation to teens from selected CPL locations. Information on transportation will be available in January.