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Spoken Word Competition

Thea’s Spoken Word Scholarship Competition is the only one of its kind in the nation. Don’t miss out on getting a hefty reward for your spoken word!

Our Spoken Word Scholarship Competition will be judged online in 2021 due to the pandemic.

NEW: Virtual Q&A Sessions for the 2021 Thea Scholarship Competitions

We want to help clarify any questions or concerns about the 2021 scholarship competition season. Zoom Q&A sessions are available with Paul Leopoulos, Thea Foundation Co-Founder and Scholarship Coordinator, beginning Saturday, October 10. All interested teachers, parents, and students are invited to participate. Register for the best date that works for you here.

This Twelve Minute video will answer many of your questions.


1st Place – $4,000

2nd Place – $3,500

3rd Place - $3,000

4th Place - $2,500

5th Place - $2,000




Noon, Friday, February 19, 2021


Competition Online


Three poems required


"What it means to be me"


Three-minute limit per poem


Each poem must be original (i.e., contestants must perform three different poems). Poems must be memorized (no notes). No foul language, vulgarity, or slander, or contestants will be DISQUALIFIED. No props, music, or costumes allowed. Judges will consider interpretation of this year's theme, "What it means to be me,"

when judging poems.


Contestants will be judged by a panel of four qualified professionals in the performance poetry field. 

Registration and Upload for the 2021 Spoken Word Scholarship Competition:

Deadline: Noon Friday, February 19, 2021

Upload Your Three Video Entries and Headshot:

(Name Your Videos in the order you wish the judges to judge them)

e.g.   Video Entries: "last name"_"first name"_"poem1, poem2, poem3 (or .mp4) (or .mp4) (or .mp4)

e.g. Headshot: "last name"_"first name"_"headshot" (professional headshots not required)


You MUST Regiater & Upload

Deadline: Feb 19, 2021

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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