Find your voice through poetry!
Build confidence, communication, empathy, close reading, and analysis skills.
Poetry Out Loud is a FREE program for High School students. Students select poems from the National Poetry Foundation Anthology, and memorize, interpret, and recite their poems in a competition at the entry level. Two winners from each competition advance to the Regional Competition and one Regional winner advances to the State Competition.
The State Winner competes at the National Level. Cash prizes are available at the Regional, State and National levels.
- Open to students in grades 9 – 12
- School/Organization Registration due January 20, 2023.
- Entry Competition must be Completed by January 30th, 2023.
- FREE optional WORKSHOPS available!
- San Diego Regional Finals will be held in February 2023.
(Coordinated by Write Out Loud in association with the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.)
- State Finals will be March 19-20, 2023 in Sacramento.
- National Finals will be May 8-10, 2023 in Washington D.C.
STUDENTS if you would like to participate in Poetry Out Loud, but your school is not participating, please contact Education Coordinator Rachael at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with your school
Poetry Out Loud may be incorporated into your class, club, group, or curriculum in many ways: an entire class, grade level, or school may participate as part of the curriculum or for extra credit, or clubs or after school/extra-curricular groups may participate. Write Out Loud is here to help you bring Poetry Out Loud to your school, library, club, or student group. We provide free workshops, guidance for students and teachers, contest coordinating, and judges.
Q: How can I incorporate Poetry Out Loud into my classes or group?
A: Click here for Teacher Resources including Lesson Plans, Curriculum Standards, and a downloadable Teacher’s Guide.
Q: How can Write Out Loud assist me?
A: Pretty much in every way. Write Out Loud is happy to offer Poetry Workshops, to provide judges and paperwork, to schedule, organize, or run your competition, to work with students one-on-one or in groups to prepare them for their competitions…or anything else you may need. Please feel welcome to be in touch at any point with questions, ideas, challenges, or solutions. We are here to make this happen!
Visit the National Poetry Foundation Poetry Out Loud Website for even more resources: Competition Requirements, Poetry Anthology, Sample Videos of Student Submissions, Recitation Tutorials, Timelines, Tips, Encouragements etc!
Poetry Out Loud in the News!
Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, managed in California by the California Arts Council, and regionally, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture in association with Write Out Loud.