Resource: Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Website: Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Organization: National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation
Description: In this competition, created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, high school students memorize and recite the work of great poets. This competition helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while competing at the classroom level, then moving on through school-wide, city-wide and regional competitions. Each state-level winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington (with a chaperone) to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Finalists compete at the National Finals in May, where scholarships and school stipends totaling $50,000 are awarded.

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