- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Young poetry enthusiasts will gather Thursday in Frankfort for the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition, hoping for the chance to move on to the national level next month in Washington.

There are 15 high school champions competing for the state title.

Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest that starts at the classroom level and moves on to schoolwide competition before reaching the state finals. The contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

The state winner receives $200 and a paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national title. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend to buy poetry books. The runner-up will be given $100, with the runner-up’s school library getting $200.