state finals

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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. 

What’s Involved?

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.