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Spoken Word Competition

Spoken Word entries may use Thea's Performing Arts or Creative Writing competitions to compete for a Thea scholarship:

  • If you enjoy the performing aspect of spoken word, you may record a video of your best poem and enter your creation into Thea's Performing Arts competition.


  • If you only wish to enter your poem and not perform, please use Thea's Creative Writing competition.

NEW: Virtual Q&A Sessions for the 2023 Thea Scholarship Competitions

We want to help clarify any questions about the 2023 scholarship competition season. Zoom Q&A sessions are available with Paul Leopoulos, Thea Foundation Co-Founder and Scholarship Coordinator, beginning in September. All interested teachers, parents, and students are invited to participate. Each session 30 minutes.

Register for the best date that works for you HERE.


1st Place – $10,000

2nd Place – $9,000

3rd Place -  $8,000

4th Place -  $7,000

5th Place -  $6,000

 6th Place – $3,000

 7th Place – $3,000

  8th Place - $3,000

  9th Place - $3,000

10th Place - $3,000


To see our 2019 winners, click here!

Rules and Regulations:

By visiting this page you understand that this information has been available to you starting August 19, 2020, and that failure to read this information or register for a scholarship before the registration deadline is to no fault of the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation makes every attempt possible within its means to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the general public of the availability of its scholarship competitions and will not allow late registration predicated on the notion that an individual party was not aware of the information regarding deadlines. 


Registering for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition requires students to register online via a Google form. Students may only register through the specific portal that the Foundation has created for each scholarship competition. Thea staff will not register students for scholarship competitions.


The Foundation recognizes that issues may arise during the registration process either from faulty equipment, user error, or issues beyond the control of either the registrant or the Foundation. The Foundation makes available the registration for their scholarship competitions many months in advance to provide time to those having technical difficulties during the registering process. The Thea Foundation will not allow students to register or participate in a scholarship competition who does not register on or before the registration deadline published above.

Only high school seniors enrolled in either public, private or home schools in Arkansas are eligible to register for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition.  A high school senior means any student who is currently completing the 12th grade in public or private school or any home school student who lists the 11th grade as their last grade level completed on their Notice of Intent to Home School on file with the Arkansas Department of Education for the current school year.

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