Second Annual Poetry Out Loud  


    What is the Poetry Out Loud Competition?

    Poetry Out Loud is a national Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

    Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance from a school-wide competition,  to regionals, states, and ultimately to the National Finals. 

    Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

    Click here to access videos of previous national winners:


    • Open to students in grades 9-12 or 8th grade students participating in high school classes who are US citizens.

    • Students must attend scheduled meetings for guidance, instruction and practice at Troy JSHS

    • Students must compete in the school-wide competition to be eligible for the next round of competitions

    • If the student advances to the Regional Competition, it is the family’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from the event


    Poetry Expectations

    • For the school competition, the student must select and prepare one piece of poetry from the www.poetryoutloud.org website. Only poetry on this page is eligible for selection. The selection must be memorized. Students will be instructed on techniques for memorization, recitation and performance during scheduled meeting times.

    • If the student advances to the regional competition, the same piece may be used for recitation.

    • If the student advances to the state competition, 3 pieces must be prepared. 1 must be less than 25 lines and 1 must be written before the 20th century. 1 piece may fit both criteria. All pieces must be memorized.



    • School-wide Competition is January 22, 2016 at Troy JSHS in the auditorium. Time is TBD.

    • Regional Competition at Mansfield University is on January 30st, 2016 (Snow date is February 6th, 2015)

    • State Competition is March 7 (just announced).

    • National Competition is to be announced. Last year it was the last week in April. It is 2 days in Washington, D.C.