*Professional Development with Poets and Spoken Word Artists*
*Training for hosting a virtual competition*
*NEW Poetry Ourselves program focused on creative writing and spoken word*
*Virtual Regional Festivals to Celebrate Original Poetry & Semi-Finalists*
*Student Registration open for those without participating schools/teachers*
Important Dates for 2020-21:
Friday, November 6th, 2020: DEADLINE for registration
Friday, January 15th, 2021: DEADLINE for submitting school winner to NC POL Coordinator
Friday, January 22nd, 2021: DEADLINE for submitting county winner to NC POL Coordinator
Saturday, February 13th, 2021: Virtual Festival and Regional Semi-Finals
Saturday, February 20th, 2021: North Carolina Semi-Finals and Finals
Saturday, February 27th, 2021: Inclement weather date for Semi-Finals and Finals.
April 26th-28th, 2020: National Semi-Finals and Finals in Washington, D.C.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring the best poetry before the largest possible audiences.