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Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest

2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud: Program Schedule
for South Carolina Teachers and Students


  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017—Deadline for schools and teachers to sign up for Poetry Out Loud in South Carolina.  Teacher Registration Form due to S.C. Arts Commission.
  • September - November 2017—Materials sent to participating schools and classrooms.  Note: Schools and teachers can only receive program kits if they plan to participate in the official competition; otherwise all materials are available online.
  • September- December 2017—Schools implement classroom and school competitions.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017—Deadline for schools to hold school competitions and notify the S.C. Arts Commission of school champion’s name and grade level.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017—Deadline for school champion to register to compete in their assigned regional competition.  Student Registration Form due to S.C. Arts Commission.  *Note: Poem selection and order of recitation may not be changed after this date.   
  • January 2018—Regional Competitions
    • Saturday, January 20—Region 1: Spartanburg, S.C.
    • Saturday, January 20—Region 2: Columbia, S.C.
    • Sunday, January 21—Region 3: Charleston, S.C.
  • Friday, January 26, 2018—Deadline for regional winners to register to compete in State Finals. State Finals Registration Form due to S.C. Arts Commission.  Note: State Finals Registration Form will notify POL Coordinator of student’s poem selections and order of recitation for State Finals.  Poem selection and recitation order may not be changed after this date.  
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018—South Carolina Poetry Out Loud State Finals, Richland Library Main Branch, Columbia, S.C., 3:00 - 5:00 pm. 
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 —Deadline for South Carolina State Champion to register for POL National Finals.
  • April 23-25, 2018—Poetry Out Loud National Finals, Washington, DC