Saints Classic

2023 — Ridgeland, MS/US

Novice Poetry Interpretation

Abbreviation B-NPO
Format Speech
Entry Fee $13.00
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:


  • The selection shall require no more than ten (10) minutes. There is a 30-second grace period. Students who exceed the time limit by more than thirty seconds should not be given first place in the round.

  • A performer may use a single poem, or a program of multiple poems centered around a theme. Appropriate transitional material is required and is a part of the ten-minute time limit.

  • A manuscript is required. Use of the manuscript as a prop is allowed.

  • The poetry must come from a published source or sources which must be accessible at the tournament for verification purposes.

  • Eye contact with the audience during the performance should at least be at a 50/50 ratio.

  • The performer should remain in one place with motion limited to the waist up.

  • A novice speaker is a competitor in their first year of high-school competition in ANY event. If a student competed in middle school, but never competed against high-school competitors, they may be considered novice during their first high school season.