ChiTeen Lit Fest is virtual in May 2021!

The sixth annual for-teens-by-teens ChiTeen Lit Fest takes place May 16-22, 2021. The fest is fully virtual and lasts all week! 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 2021 festival features special guests:

Registration is free. Check for details.

Get started with the fun started by picking up your ChiTeen Lit Fest swag bag from selected CPL locations while supplies last.

Swag Bag Pickup Locations

These CPL locations have a limited number of ChiTeen Lit Fest goody bags for you to take home starting April 26th:

  • 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
  • Legler Regional Library
  • Little Italy
  • Logan Square
  • Lozano
  • Merlo
  • North Austin
  • Northtown
  • Portage-Cragin
  • Sherman Park
  • South Chicago
  • South Shore
  • Sulzer Regional Library
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Toman
  • Vodak/Eastside
  • West Belmont
  • West Englewood
  • West Lawn
  • West Loop
  • West Town
  • Whitney Young
  • Woodson
  • Wrightwood-Ashburn