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A composition, marked by language chosen for its sound, beauty and evocative power.


  1. Submit six (6) notarized copies of the original poem.
  2. The top of each page must include the contestant’s name, page number and unit name and number.
  3. Poems should be typed, using 12 point Times New Roman, Verdana, Georgia, or Comic Sans. Please no other fancy typefaces or graphics. 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.
  4. The contestants will be interviewed about their work by a panel of judges.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of national registration documents is May 9, 2016. No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.

ACT-SO Expanding The Minds Of Our Youth

Sponsored by DuPage County Branch-NAACP, College of DuPage and DuPage Regional Office of Education

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