Registration now open for 2016-17 Poetry Out Loud!
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. POL uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 100,000 students are expected to take part in POL nationwide each year.
To learn more about the Poetry Out Loud contest and competion, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Delaware Division of the Arts will provide guidance in running your school's Poetry Out Loud program and is happy to answer any questions or concerns. Please contact Sheila Dean Ross at 302-577-8286.
Get involved with Poetry Out Loud in five easy steps
Complete school registration form by September 30, 2016
Teacher kit which features dynamic teaching tools that will kindle students' excitement about literature and poetry recitation
Program in the classroom with sample lesson plans, DVD's of past student performances, and teaching artist-led workshops (upon request)
School competition to determine a school champion and first runner-up to represent your school at the state finals
Poetry Out Loud Forms:
- School Registration Form (Green) - Due September 30, 2016
- School Representative Form (Red) - Due January 13, 2017
- School Alternate Form (Orange) - Due January 13, 2017
|Friday, September 30, 2016||School Registration Form Deadline|
|October–December 2016||Classroom/School Competitions|
|Friday, January 13, 2017||Deadline to Report School Winners|
|February 2017||Delaware State Semi-finals (TBD)|
|Tuesday, February 28, 2017||Delaware State Competition (Smyrna, DE)|
|April 24–26, 2017||National Competition (Washington, DC)|
Past Poetry Out Loud State Finalists