For immediate release: Sep 22, 2010
Posted by: [IAC]
Contact: Rex A. Van Zant
Phone: 317-232-1273

Arts Commission invites high schools to participate in Poetry Out Loud competition

(Indianapolis, Indiana) - The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it will coordinate the sixth annual Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Finals competition, and encourages Indiana high schools to participate in the annual poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.

Initial competitions are held at the high school level to determine one student to represent the school in state competition. There are no registration costs for high schools interested in participating in the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition, and all resource materials will be provided. Preliminary school competitions should be completed by February 1, 2011.

Schools must register in advance to take part in the Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information on how to register for Poetry Out Loud, contact Susan Britsch, at 317-232-1281 or email

State competition will be held in late February to determine the Indiana state champion. The winner of the state championship will represent Indiana at the 2010/2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. in late April. Elise Lockwood from University High School, Carmel, was the 2009/2010 Indiana State Champion.

A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion.

The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The state champion's school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

The National Poetry Out Loud competition began in 2006. The program is designed to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which helps students master public speaking skills, build self-esteem, and internalize an appreciate for American literary heritage.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.



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