The Liberian Poet Society in collaboration with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia, requests the general public to freely participate in a poetry competition in celebration of International Women’s Day. The competition encourages a dynamic culture of creativity and recitation competition of writers/poets across the country. This mini event shall help writers/poets enhance their writing techniques, master their public speaking skills, and build their self-confidence.
• 1st Winner – USD $ 250.00
• 2nd Winner – USD $ 200.00
• 3rd Winner – USD $ 100.00
• The remaining four (4) shortlisted candidates will receive a compensation of USD $25.00
1. Must be 16 – 30 years
2. Must be available physically throughout the competition
3. Must submit two poems
4. Must be prepared to do Live Writing
5. Must submit a National Identification to validate the age of the applicant
6. All candidates are required to be at the competition venue on March 6 at 4:30 PM. Lateness equals immediate disqualification.
7. Profanity is strictly prohibited.
8. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited.
Evaluation Criteria at the Event:
Writers/Poets’ recitations/performances will be assessed according to the evaluation criteria outlined below and scores must be determined by the official competition evaluation sheet. There will be no work read-aloud that is written by another, so it is important that they convey a tone and mood appropriate to the selected authentic work.
The following explains the evaluation criteria used for scoring recitations/performances. Strong recitations will reflect excellence in each category.
Consider the participant’s stage presence, body language, and poise. The participant should be poised—but not artificially so—projecting ease and confidence by their physical presence. All qualities of the participant’s physical presence work together to the benefit of the poem. This is an important category, but also one of the easiest to rate. A weaker performance may be one in which the participant displays nervous gestures or appears stiff and uncomfortable with the audience.
Voice and Articulation:
The participant should be clear and project enough to capture the audience’s attention. Projection should not be excessive. Any changes in tone should be appropriate to the subject matter. Participants should proceed at a fitting and natural pace, not communicating too quickly from nervousness. Participants should correctly pronounce every word in the poem. With rhymed poems, or with poems with a regular meter, participants should be careful to not fall into a singsong rhythm.
Decide whether the pauses come in suitable places for the poem. A recitation that is at a too
slow or hurried pace, poorly projected, has a distracting rhythm or monotone delivery will obscure a poem’s meaning for the audience.
Consider whether the participant’s interpretative and performance choices enhance the audience’s understanding and enjoyment of the poem without overshadowing the poem’s
language. This category evaluates the interpretive and performance choices made by the student. A strong recitation will rely on a powerful internalization of the poem rather than excessive gestures or
Evidence of Understanding:
Consider the participant’s use of intonation, emphasis, tone, and style of delivery. This category measures a participant’s comprehension and mastery of a poem. How well does the participant interpret the poem for the audience? Does the participant make difficult lines clearer? Does the participant communicate the correct tone of the poem—angst, dry humor, ambivalence?
The student will offer an interpretation that deepens and enlivens the poem. Meaning,
messages, allusions, irony, shifts of tone, and other nuances will be captured by the performance. A great performer may even make the audience see a poem in a new way. A low score should be awarded if the interpretation obscures the meaning of the poem.
Consider whether the participant’s physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic
appropriateness, and evidence of understanding all seem on target and unified to breathe
life into the poem. “Overall performance” is worth more than other categories, with the value up to nine points. This category evaluates the total success of the performance, the degree to which the recitation has become more than the sum of its parts.