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An original poem or prose written by the contestant, performed as a monologue or exchange involving  extemporization.


1. Submit one (1) notarized copy of the original poem to the Coraopolis NAACP by MARCH 25, 2024


2. The top of each page must include the contestant’s name, page number and unit name and number (Coraopolis NAACP #26AB-B).


3. Poems should be original and typed, using 12 point Times New Roman, or Calibri font only.

     ***Do not include any other fancy typefaces or graphics.****


4. Poems should retain original form that they were created in and do not have to be double-spaced. Individual poems may be free verse or   

     rhymed metrical poetry containing stanzas .

     ***Poems should not exceed 3 pages***.


5. The contestants must perform their work before a panel of judges.

       The performance must not exceed three (3) minutes.

       (Contestants not adhering to the maximum time requirement are subject to point deduction and/or disqualification.)

Contestants will be judged  by the following criteria:

Emotional/Physical Presence (20)

       Is the poet emotionally connected to the topic they are presenting?

       Is the poet demonstrating eye contact, body language and poise?

Original Thought (20)

       Has the poet tackled an interesting subject or created something  new with their work, or are they simply parroting belief systems or ideas

       that they have heard from someone else.

Voice and Articulation (20)

      Does the poet exhibit appropriate volume, pace, rhythm, intonation and proper pronunciation?


Structure or Form, and Overall Presentation (20)

     How is the poem constructed?

     Are there appropriate line and stanza breaks?

     Does the poem have a strong title?

     Does the poem contain appropriate grammar and punctuation?

Evidence of Understanding/Accuracy (20)

    Does the poet comprehend the material they're presenting and makes the audience understand?

    Does the poet miss written words or mispronounce words during their recitation?

NOTE: For students that qualify for the National Competition

The deadline for submission of national registration documents is the second Saturday of May which will include one notorized copy of your work. No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.


Contact ACT-SO Chairman Carter Spruill for further information 

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