National Finals

2017 First Place Student Packet

2017 Second Place Student Packet

2017 First Place School Prize Form

2017 Second Place School Prize Form


The 2017 National Finals will be held April 25-26, 2017 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live.

Tuesday, April 25 - Semifinals - Lisner Auditorium

Semifinals are free and open to all to attend. No tickets required.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 1

East Central and Northeast: PA, NH, NC, VT, WV, MD, SC, RI, ME, NY, USVI, DE, VA, DC, MA, OH, CT, NJ

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 2

Midwest and South Central: KS, MS, IL, KY, NE, FL, AR, GA, LA, PR, TN, OK, IN, MI, MO, AL, WI, IA

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 3

Upper Northwest and West: WA, ND, TX, HI, NM, AK, WY, CO, SD, OR, UT, MN, ID, MT, CA, NV, AZ

Please Note: The recitation order within each region is determined by a random process. The random recitation order will be honored for all three rounds of competition at the semifinals.

Wednesday, April 26 - National Finals

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. National Finals at Lisner Auditorium


FOLLOW: Poetry Out Loud is on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, #POL17.


Schools interested in Poetry Out Loud contest should contact their state arts agency.


What People are Saying

"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion