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Southeast Missouri Regional Competition

At the beginning of each year the Arts Council hosts the Southeast Missouri Regional Competition for Poetry Out Loud at the Cape Public Library. The winner then goes on to compete in the state-wide competition held in Jefferson City, Missouri. The 2018 Regional Competition will take place February 3 at 10 a.m. at the Cape Public Library.

Recent Winners in Southeast Missouri:

2018 - Brice Jansen, Leopold High School 
2017 - Kate Zibluk, Notre Dame Regional High School
2016 - Kirsten Graviett, Notre Dame Regional High School
- Emily Sullenger, New Madrid County Central High School
             Runner Up: Kaitlyn Emmemdorfer, Notre Dame Regional High School
2014 - Reagan Kapp, Notre Dame Regional High School
             Runner Up: Audra Porter, New Madrid County Central High School
2013 - Callie Lewis, Arcadia Valley High School

Register Your Southeast Missouri School!
The 2018 Poetry Out Loud registration has closed. For more information, visit or call the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri at 573-334-9233.

National Competition

The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for high school students encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The contest was created in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. 

Please visit the Poetry Out Loud website for more information concerning the rules and regulations of the event, helpful tips regarding what the judges are looking for, and disqualified poems.

Related Links

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: Letter of Information
Ideas for Teachers: Teacher Preparation, Lesson Plans
The Competition: Rules & Eligibility, Organizing a Contest

Writing Resources

Writing Career Guidebook:
Cape Girardeau Public Library: