The Arkansas Arts Council seeks entries for Poetry Out Loud

Students from across Arkansas participated in the 2019 Arkansas Poetry Out Loud recitation competition at the Argenta Community Theater.

The Arkansas Arts Council is seeking Arkansas high schools interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud, the statewide poetry recitation competition. Schools must register with the Arts Council by Nov. 1 to participate.

Competitions take place at the individual school level throughout the fall and culminate in the state-level competition on March 14, 2020. The state champion has the opportunity to compete in the National Poetry Out Loud in Washington, D.C., for a grand prize of $20,000.

Poetry Out Loud is an arts education program. Teachers who want their students to participate have access to free educational materials and technical assistance to prepare students for the competition. The program aims to help students learn poetry, build self-confidence, gain public speaking skills and learn about literary history.

The Arkansas Poetry Out Loud competition is open to public and charter schools, private schools and home-schooled students. Students must be in grades ninth through 12th to participate. The program is flexible and can be incorporated into other lesson plans, such as creative writing.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation and Arkansas Arts Council. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 501-324-9769.

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