Clark County high school students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to submit original poems for the Vegas Valley Book Festival 2015 Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition by Sept. 30, which is modeled after the national Poetry Out Loud competition and the Scholastic Writing competition. High school students will have the opportunity to recite their own poetry during the Vegas Valley Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17. The first-place prize is $300. The second-place winner will receive $200, and the third-place prize is $100. Students will be asked to present three original poems to be judged by a panel consisting of poets, authors, educators and other community members. Panelists will use scoring guidelines to assign numerical values to the evaluation criteria.