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Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
South Carolina High Schools
For a ninth 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.
November 1 is the deadline for schools and teachers to sign up for Poetry Out Loud.
Congratulations to the nine students who participated in state finals on March 16, 2013!
2013 South Carolina Poetry Out Loud State Champion:
Grade 11, Charleston County School of the Arts
Region 3: Lowcountry, Charleston County
Runner Up: Justin Fox
Grade 12, Spartanburg High School
Region 1: Upstate, Spartanburg County
The 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held April 29-30, 2014 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, Bravo Blythewood, in partnership with the University of South Carolina in Region 2, and the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts 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 Frances Kablick Keel, POL Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Poetry Out Loud