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 to enjoy older poems. At first, I hated the requirement that I had to choose a poem that was pre-20th century. However, as time went by, I began to enjoy the poems more and more. My favorite pre-20th century poet is now Emily Bronte. "
Eseme Segbefia
2018 NY POL Champ