The Competition

Are you ready to set up a contest at your school? This section will help you to organize and run a successful Poetry Out Loud event. Let the competition begin!

Get the resources to organize and run a contest

Prepare your judges

Look for your state’s finals date and winner

Find information on past and upcoming National Finals

Download graphics for promotional and contest materials

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion