Sep 13, 2015 1:12 PM

Registration is open for 2016 high school poetry competition

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Council on the Arts is now accepting registrations for the 2016 high school Poetry Out Loud competition.

The 11th annual competition features students competing at four regional semi-final competitions, with winners advancing to the state championship in March. The state champion will travel to Washington for the national finals, with more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes being awarded to the top finishers.

Competitors memorize and recite poems — choosing from hundreds identified by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation as representing great poems. Participants are judged on presentation, accuracy reciting the poem and the poem's degree of difficulty.

About 10,000 students from 37 New Hampshire high schools participated in this year's competition.


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