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About Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is celebrating its tenth anniversary, both nationally and here in Indiana! A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, our annual state competition is organized by the Indiana Arts Commission. POL is a free high school program that encourages the study of great poetry through memorization and recitation.

This exciting program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.

How It Works

Competitions at the school or classroom level will be held during the fall 2014 semester to identify one student winner who will represent their school at the state finals. The State Finals will be held February 21, 2015 at the Central branch of the Indianapolis Public Library to determine the State Champion who will then represent Indiana at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in late April. The State Champion receives:

  • $200 cash prize and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
  • $500 for their school to purchase literary materials
  • opportunity to compete at the National Finals for college scholarship funds

How to Get Involved

Schools must register to compete before November 21, 2014. All materials and resources will be provided. Any public or private high school in the state is welcome and encouraged to participate. Homeschooled students may participate by joining in a registered high school's competition or by organizing a contest with other homeschooled students. 

Spread the word about the 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information and questions, contact Sarah Fronczek at sfronczek@iac.in.gov or 317-232-1274.

Sponsors

This event is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Special thanks to the Indiana Department of Education.  

 

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