Four Writing and Recitation Contests for Students Grades 4-12

Registration for the 2018-19 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Program is now closed. Go to the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud website for information to attend regional or state finals, or apply for in-school workshops or travel assistance.

New Jersey Poetry Out Loud

The Third Annual NJ Youth Poet Laureate Contest is open for submissions for students grades 9-12. 

NJ Youth Poet Laureate Contest

This is the second year of Jersey Shorts, a prose-writing contest for students grades 9-12. Students submit two 750-word pieces of "Flash Fiction," one based on a writing prompt.

Jersey Shorts Prose Contest


Read the winning poems from the three NJ Youth Poet Laureates, as well as the winners in the "Poems of Place" and the "Judges' Choice" categories.

Writers Theatre is proud to be the main partner with the NJ State Council on the Arts administering the national Poetry Out Loud program in the state of New Jersey. Come find out more about the work we do with students for POL.

We offer classes for all ages, from Kindergarten students wanting to act and sing up through adults looking to hone their writing skills. Come join us in learning and creating!

Meet our Round Four writers and learn more about our work with women playwrights in New Jersey.