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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a free poetry recitation contest for high-school students (grades 9-12) in both public and private schools. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.


2020-2021 Online Teacher’s Guide

Virtual Competitions and Filming Requirements

Click here to request a hard copy of the 2020-2021 Teacher’s Guide.

*Please note that the Teacher’s Guide was published prior to the current COVID-19. Pandemic. Both state and national contests will now be a video submission virtual contest! School and classroom competitions may be either in person or virtual.*

Statewide Video Submission Contest

Sept 1 – Dec 1, 2020   School Registration Window
Nov 1 – Jan 29, 2021   Classroom/Schoolwide CompetitionWindow
Nov 14, 2020   FREE POL Virtual Workshop for Teachers and Coordinators
Jan 29, 2021   Deadline for Submitting School Winner to OKA+
Feb 17, 2021   Deadline for Video Submissions
March 4, 2021   Statewide Virtual Award Celebration
Spring 2021   National Video Submission Contest


National Poetry Out Loud Website

Choose your poems from the POL anthology.

2019-2020 Participating Schools: Augustine Christian Academy, Bethany High School, Bethel High School, Byng High School, Carl Albert High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Dewey High School, Edmond Santa Fe High School, Epic Charter School, Guthrie High School, Hardesty High School, Harding Fine Arts, Holdenville High School, Hominy High School, Lawton High School, MacArthur High School, Madill High School, Mount St. Mary Catholic High School, North Rock Creek High School, Oaks Mission High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School, Union High School, Walters High School


Celebrating the Oklahoma 2020 Poetry Out Loud Champion!

This project is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts    Oklahoma Arts Council