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.

Registered Schools as of November 2016

Brandywine High School

Newark High School

Caesar Rodney High School

Padua Academy

Cape Henlopen High School

POLYTECH High School

Caravel Academy

Positive Outcomes Charter School

Concord High School

Red Lion Christian Academy

Dover High School

Saint Mark's High School

Hodgson Vo-Tech

Sanford School

KEYS Academy

Seaford High School

Laurel High School

Tall Oaks Classical School

Middletown High School

Ursuline Academy

Milford High School

Wilmington Christian School

Mount Sophia Academy

Wilmington Friends School

Newark Charter High School

Woodbridge High School


Get involved with Poetry Out Loud in five easy steps


Complete school registration form by September 30, 2016 - Applications now closed


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


Student representative & alternate forms by January 13, 2017

Poetry Out Loud Forms:

Program Timeline

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