The Illinois Arts Council Agency invites all Illinois high schools to participate in the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest 2017 . Now entering its 12th year, Poetry Out Loud (POL) has inspired millions of students to discover a broad spectrum of classic and contemporary poetry.
The registration deadline for Illinois high  schools to participate in POL is January 20, 2017 . Learn more about POL and register to participate
Through POL, students advance from classroom contests, through regional finals, to compete at the State Final to be held in Springfield on March 10, 2017 . POL will award cash prizes to the Illinois champion, runner-up, and stipends to their schools for the purchase of poetry books. The Illinois Champion will compete at the National Finals in Washington, DC, April 24-26, 2017.
A comprehensive POL website offers free curriculum materials to teach recitation and performance, rules for setting up school POL contests, and student eligibility requirements.
Direct any questions to Susan Dickson at the Illinois Arts Council Agency at 312-814- 6740 or

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