Feb 15, 2019 2019-02-15
Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program is administered in partnership with arts agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The national Poetry Out Loud Competition invites high school students in grades 9–12, as well as eighth graders who participate in a high school-level class, to compete in local, state, and national finals in the recitation of poetry. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals. Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include an online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher’s guide, videos of student performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media guides. Hard copies of materials are free for teachers participating in the official program. Interested applicants will find details about this competition on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadlines: The program runs through early winter. States hold their competitions by mid-March. Following the state finals, the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, April 30–May 1, 2019.