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Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition for High-School Students

September 7, 2015

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.

There will be three presentation rounds. Students who registered for Spark! between June 1 and Sept. 30 will be eligible to present one poem in the first round. The top six students will present in the second round. The top three students will present in the third round to determine first, second and third place. Scores will be cumulative. Student poets must present the poems they submitted on their registration form.

For competition details, guidelines, and a registration form, go online to For further information, contact Arts Learning Coordinator Maryjane Dorofachuk, Nevada Arts Council, at 702-486-3738 or mdorofachuk[at]nevadaculture[dot]org

Save the date for the 2015 Vegas Valley Book Festival, A Celebration of Imagination, scheduled for October 15-17. The festival is free and open to the public. For information about the 2015 Vegas Valley Book Festival, see featured authors and schedules at Enjoy panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances, and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages, and cultural backgrounds.

The festival receives support from Nevada Humanities, Nevada's nonprofit state council affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Producing partners of the festival are the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; AIGA, Las Vegas Chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder.

For more information regarding this event:

Contact: Nevada Humanities. Phone: (702) 800-4670
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