National Finals

Registration & Prize Forms

State Champion Prize form and Registration packet

Second Place Student Prize form

1st and 2nd Place School Prize forms

2016 Poetry Out Loud National Finalists:

•Georgia State Champion Marta Palombo, Cambridge High School, Alpharetta, GA

•Hawaii State Champion Nicholas Amador, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI

•Louisiana State Champion Kyla Rose Bates, Zachary High School, Baton Rouge, LA

•Maryland State Champion Sharese Acheampong, New Town High School, Owings Mills, MD

•Montana State Champion Savannah Smith, Helena High School, Helena, MT

•Puerto Rico State Champion Wenmimareba Klobah Collins, University High School, San Juan, PR

•Texas State Champion Madison Heggins, Lewisville High School, Lewisville, TX

•Virginia State Champion Ahkei Togun, Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, VA

•West Virginia State Champion Neely Seams, Greenbrier East High School, Lewisburg, WV

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Fast Facts About #POL15

Poetry Out Loud participation 2005-2015: 2.7 million students and 9,500 schools.

2014-2015 participation stats: 365,000 students, 9,000 teachers, 2,300 high schools.

Top three most popular poems for 2014-15 season: “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser, “Across the Bay” by Donald Davie and “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost.

Number of repeat state champs at National Finals, 2005-2014: 42. Number of repeat schools at National Finals: 81, including five-timer Arvada/Clearmont High School (WY).

States with the highest number of participating students in 2015: New Jersey, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and Maryland.

Oldest and youngest poets represented in the 900+ poem anthology are Queen Elizabeth I (b. 1533) and Jamaal May (b. 1982).

Poetry Out Loud Partnerships

The National Finals are the culmination of efforts by many partners. As national partners, the NEA and the Poetry Foundation have supported the administration of the program, created educational materials, and funded awards for both the state and national finals. State arts agencies have implemented the program in high schools nationwide and organized state competitions, often in collaboration with local arts organizations. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals are administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Schools interested in registering for the 2016-2017 Poetry Out Loud contest should contact their state arts agency.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology.

About the NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

About the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs.


What People are Saying

"With a $20,000 prize, I never imagined POL being this much fun. The competitions were more about meeting and talking with the other competitors, having a great time and enjoying the poetry. I also never knew I could find so much in myself just from reciting poems."
Elliot Davidson
2015 PA POL Champion