Register for Poetry Out Loud by Oct. 15

Alaskan students are invited to register for Poetry Out Loud by Oct. 15.

The competition, presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a recitation competition to high schools across the country. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

The winner of the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud finals will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library.

The Alaska state champion of the Poetry Out Loud will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will bestow a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

For more information, poems and teaching resources for Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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