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


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


What People are Saying

"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion