All the rules and resources for this contest are available online at

Interested students would memorize a selected poem of 25 lines and audition with this recitation. We could hold auditions after school in the media center or a classroom. We'd have to work out the logistics--date, time, "judges," etc. "Selected" students would then compete in the school competition in December. They would recite a poem of their choice from the anthology of poems provided by Poetry Out Loud.

Katherine Moody has agreed to “host” the school competition in the library. We can work out these logistics once we find out how many students are actually participating.

Proposed Timeline:

Promote the Poetry Competition, October (I would be happy to create the promo materials)

School Auditions, November 2010

School Competition, December 2010

State Competition (Tallahassee), March 12, 2011

National Finals (Washington, DC), April 29, 2011

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