Online Semifinals

In 2015-2016, a school champion will either compete in the Online Semifinals or in a live Regional Semifinals event, depending on where the school is located and in which stream the champion is competing. Visit the Regional Semifinals page for more details.


A school can have up to three students competing at the Online Semifinals: one English champion, one French champion, and one Bilingual champion.

Students prepare differently for the Online Semifinals depending on their chosen prize stream:


A student competing in the English or French prize stream must recite three poems for the Online Semifinals.

Students in these streams must meet the following criteria with their poem selection:

  1. One poem must be 25 lines or fewer
  2. One poem must be written before the 20th century

One of a student’s three poems may be used to fulfil both requirements.

Our Browse feature allows students to search the anthology according to these criteria.


A student who competes in the Bilingual stream must recite two poems at the Online Semifinals:

  1. One poem in English
  2. One poem in French

No other criteria govern that student’s poem selections.


Steps for the Online Semifinals:

  1. Each student gets a permission form signed.
  2. Each recitation is filmed separately according to our specifications.
  3. A teacher uploads permission forms and recitation videos to their Poetry In Voice account by our deadline.
  4. Judges from across the country evaluate the recitations.
  5. All Online Semifinalists and their teachers are contacted by email to let them know whether or not they are advancing to the National Finals.

The top reciters are invited to attend the National Finals with their teacher.

You can contact your Poetry In Voice representative for general feedback about students’ recitations. Because spring is a very busy time of year for our organization, please allow several weeks for a response.