Deadline: December 31

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. The goal is to provide students an opportunity to read and recite great poems while enhancing their public speaking and presentation skills.

The program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Florida Humanities is the state organizer in Florida. Teachers use a free resource guide to help their students develop a deeper appreciation of poetry. Each school holds a recitation contest to determine a school champion.

The winner of the state finals is awarded $500 and given an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The State Champion’s school library receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. More than $50,000 in prizes and school stipends are awarded annually at the National Finals in April, with the national winner receiving $20,000 in college scholarship funds.

Details and an online application can be found at