Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest

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Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest


Sponsored by Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts

Contact:Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312.787.7070
Email: mail@poetryoutloud.org (General inquiries)

State level contacts: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/state-contacts for the name, phone number, and email address of the contact in each participating arts agency.
Description:The National Poetry Out Loud Competition invites high school students in grades 9 through 12, as well as eighth graders that participate in high school-level classes, to compete in local, state, and national finals in the recitation of poetry. Prizes are awarded to winning students and their schools at the state and national levels. The program is administered in partnership with arts agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

To participate, students must first compete in a school- or local-level contest to advance to their state competition. Schools must register their competitions with the state arts agency to count toward the state finals. Students in home schools are eligible to compete in local-level contests. Materials are sent to high schools beginning in August, and the program is run through early winter. Winning students at the state level then advance to the national competition, which involves an elimination round to identify nine finalists to vie for National Champion.

Students memorize and recite eligible poems for each level of competition. Teacher resources to support integration of poetry studies and recitation to prepare for the competition are available on the Poetry Out Loud website. The competition prizes are cash awards to winning students and stipends for purchasing poetry books for their schools.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Each state-level winner receives $200 and an expense-paid trip, with an adult chaperone, to attend the national competition, and $500 for the studentís school to purchase poetry books. Each first runner-up at the state level receives $100, plus $200 for the school to purchase poetry books.
Deadline(s):States hold their competitions by mid-March (see http://www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/state-finals for more information). Following the state finals, the National Finals are held in Washington, DC at the end of April, annually.
Focus:Gifted and Talented, Humanities, Scholarships/Fellowships
Grade Level(s):9-12
Content Area(s): Reading/English/Language Arts
21st Century
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