National Finals

The 2018 National Finals will be held April 23-25, 2018 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live.

Tuesday, April 24 - 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


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

Midwest and South Central


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

Upper Northwest and West


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 25 - 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

"In the beginning of my Poetry Out Loud experience, I didn't expect to become so attached to my three competition poems. Five months later, they have become a part of me."
Gabrielle Cooper
2017 ME POL Champion