Deadline to register to host a Poetry Out Loud competition is Wednesday, November 30

INDIANA – Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.

The deadline to register to host a competition is Wednesday, November 30th. 

Lucia Walker, a senior at Bloomington High School South, reflects on her experience with Poetry Out Loud. Lucia was the 2021 Poetry Out Loud State Champion and represented Indiana in the Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals.

This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students in grades 9-12 in Indiana
  • All poems must be selected from the Poetry Out Loud print or online anthology
  • Students must compete at a school-level competition before competing at the state finals.

State Awards:

  • Each winner at the state level will receive $200 in prize money as well as the opportunity to compete at the National Finals. The state winner’s school will receive $500 for poetry materials. One runner-up in each state will receive $100; their school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry materials. Student winners will also receive a physical award designed by an Indiana artist. 

National Awards:

  • A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be given at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.