Twelve Regional Finalists, students from across the entire state of New Jersey, meet to compete for the title of State Champion and an all-expenses paid trip to the National Finals, held in Washington D.C. every spring. All POL events are free and open to the public.
Each Regional Finalist must recite a total of three POL Anthology poems by heart, reciting one poem per round. Poems must be from the approved POL Anthology and satisfy the contest criteria. A winner and runner-up are selected after the third round. Only the winner represents New Jersey at the National Finals.