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Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
South Carolina High Schools
For a twelfth year, the South Carolina Arts Commission has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest" to South Carolina high schools. The program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance.
Congratulations to the six high school students moving on to state finals! Join us March 10 at Richland Library Main Branch to find out who will win the state competition and compete for a $20,000 cash prize at national finals. Read more >>>
2017 South Carolina Poetry Out Loud State Champion:
Grade 11, First Baptist School
Region 3: Lowcountry, Charleston County
The 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held April 23-25, 2018, in Washington, DC.
Poetry Out Loud begins at the classroom level, with winners from each classroom advancing to a school-wide competition and then to regional competitions. Regional winners advance to South Carolina's statewide competition. Ultimately, one student from each state will compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C.
Only high school students in grades 9-12 are eligible, with an exception made for 8th grade students who are in a participating 9th through 12th grade class. Competitors at the state and national finals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students are responsible for verifying their eligibility. Schools must register with their state Poetry Out Loud coordinator in order to participate in the official state competition. A student may not advance to the state finals without competing in a lower-level competition. Homeschooled students may participate by competing in a contest at a local school (at the school’s discretion) or with other local homeschooled students. The state Poetry Out Loud coordinator should be consulted for guidance on participation. A school-level competition must include at least two students. Students unable to participate at a local school should contact their state Poetry Out Loud coordinator to discuss any other opportunities for inclusion in the state’s official competition. A National Champion is not eligible to compete in subsequent years.
Statewide partners include the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina ETV Radio's “Speaking of Schools” Program with Doug Keel. Regional partners include Hub City Writers Project in Region 1, One Columbia in partnership with the South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative at USC Sumter and the Richland Library in Region 2, and the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Region 3.
S.C. Poetry Out Loud
- Schedule & Deadlines
- Regional & State Finals
- Teacher Registration and Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Evaluation Results & Comments
- Past Years' Contests
- S.C. Poetry Out Loud Home
- Literary Arts Home
For more information, please contact Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Zuri Wilson-Seymore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803)734-8692.
National Poetry Out Loud