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Poetry Out Loud Competition

Sponsored by: National Endowment for the Arts

Applicant must be currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12, with an exception made for 8th-grade students participating in a 9th- through 12th-grade class). All poems must be selected from the Poetry Out Loud print or online anthology. At the state and national finals, students must have three poems prepared. One must be 25 lines or fewer, and one must be written before the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both criteria, and may be the student's third poem.


Application Deadline February 1
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Contest
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable? no
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? no



Average $20,000

Contact Information

National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506 United States

Phone: (202) 682-5400

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