outloudlogoDear Educators:

LILA would like to draw your attention to South Carolina’s official statewide competition for the 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Contestants must register with the S.C. Arts Commission by Friday, November 1st.

To register, please visit http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/poetry/outloud.shtml.

Just a reminder for teachers, coordinators, administrators, and regional partners to mark your calendars! The dates for the 2013-2014 POL Regional Competitions, State Finals, and National Competition will be:

Regional Competitions

  • Region 1: Spartanburg, SC- Saturday, January 25th, 2014
  • Region 2: Blythewood, SC – Saturday, January 25th, 2014
  • Region 3: Charleston, SC – Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Note: Times and locations for the Regional Competitions will be announced at a later date.

State Finals

Saturday, March 15, 2014
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

National Competition

Washington, DC
Dates: April 29- 30, 2014

Please contact Frances Kablick Keel with any questions you may have at:

Frances Kablick Keel
Program Director for Poetry Out Loud
South Carolina Arts Commission
(803) 734-8696 (Main Office)
Sara June Goldstein
Program Director for Literary Arts
South Carolina Arts Commission
(803) 734-8694

Not familiar with Poetry Out Loud? Click on www.poetryoutloud.org and learn all about the competition. There are tips on how to teach Poetry Out Loud in your classroom, and you can check out the YouTube recitation videos on the site.

Encourage the exploration of poetry, recitation, and self expression in your classroom! Check out Poetry Out Loud!

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