Poetry Out Loud

Shelby Newland

Shelby Newland

News

The Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Library are excited to announce that they will continue to partner to present the Indiana portion of the nationwide Poetry Out Loud competition and that the library will maintain ownership of this extraordinary statewide program. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are supporting partners to Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.

The 2018 state finals competition will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library.

The 2017 state finals were held on February 18 at the Indianapolis Public Library’s Central Branch. Shelby Newland of Bloomington High School South in Bloomington earned the honor of being named the 2017 Poetry Out Loud state champion.

Press Release: Shelby Newland picked to represent Indiana at Poetry Out Loud finals

How It Works

Competitions at the school or classroom level will be held during the fall semester to identify one student winner who will represent their school at the state finals and compete for the chance to represent Indiana at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

  • $200 cash prize
  • All expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
  • $500 for their school to purchase literary materials
  • Opportunity to compete at the National Finals for college scholarship funds

How to Get Involved

In order to compete, high schools must register before Nov. 30, 2017. Schools ready to commit may also register online. A Teacher’s Toolkit will be mailed to those who register. Competitions will first be implemented as early as August and continue throughout the fall of 2017 at the school or classroom level. These competitions will identify one student winner who will represent their school at the state finals. The names of the winners from each school are due, via Student Registration Form, by Jan. 19, 2018. Regional competitions will take place on Jan. 27, 2018. The 2018 State Finals will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. The state champion will then represent Indiana at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

For information and questions, contact the Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator Angela Downs at adowns@library.in.gov or 317-232-3692.

Resources

Find Poems & Poets
Watch recordings of the National finalists
Past Indiana State Champions
Spread the Word about the Poetry Out Loud competition
Teacher’s Registration Form
Online Registration; Teacher’s Toolkit
Student Registration Form (for teachers)
Poetry Ourselves (formerly Poetry Within)
Vendor Form: Request for Taxpayer ID
Vendor Form: Direct Deposit Authorization
Judges (Coming soon!)
Entertainment (Coming soon!)

All materials and resources will be provided. Any public or private high school in the state is welcome and encouraged to participate. Homeschooled students may participate by joining in a registered high school's competition or by organizing a contest with other homeschooled students.

Sponsors

This event is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Special thanks to the Indiana Department of Education.