Your financial support makes everything possible. It helps ensure that our unique, cross-cultural programs continue to provide an outlet for Chicago’s established and emerging artists and writers, and opportunities for provocative conversation between artists and audiences.

It helps us with things like paying featured artists and awarding contest prices, renting space for rehearsals and performances, hiring videographers to share event footage with new audiences, and keeping low ticket prices to all our events.

Donations to the Guild Literary Complex help to:

  • Promote vibrant literature that contributes to society and community
  • Produce programs that engage audiences with dynamic voices and ideas
  • Showcase established and emerging writers in intimate settings
  • Keep programs geographically and economically accessible
  • Archive and disseminate programs beyond the event itself
  • Provide honorariums to our artists


Guild Literary Complex

641 West Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661

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UPCOMING INITIATIVE: 2020 Author Challenge

Guild Authors Challenge

Every dollar donated by December 31st, 2020 is fully matched by this group of esteemed writers!

These authors have donated $5,800 and we’re calling on you to help meet and exceed their challenge! Together, your donations will further the Guild’s important programming in 2021.

Your generosity and support means so much to us!

GUILD SPOTLIGHT: Your donations in action

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Emerging Writers

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to put on events this year that showcased talented, up and coming writers and poets in Chicago.

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Your dollars help us pay honorariums to Chicago writers and artists. 


Contest Prizes

Every year we award cash prizes to the winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award (GBOMA), and the Leon Forrest Prose Awards. This simply wouldn’t be possible if not for your generous contributions.