Welcome to the Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie recitation competitions, where students in grades 9 through 12 can learn classic and contemporary poems by heart and win prizes.
To find out whether you’re eligible and how recitations are scored, refer to our rules.
Teachers: Find out how to run a contest in your classroom or school.
There are two ways you can compete and win with Poetry In Voice:
- as an individual in our Canada-wide competition
- as part of a trio in a local Team Regionals event
Compete as an Individual
If you want to compete on your own, the national competition is for you.
Work your way to the Online Semifinals, where the 24 top-scoring students and their teachers are awarded travel to and accommodation for the National Finals. Students then compete to be named the English, French, or Bilingual National Champion and win one of our three $5,000 grand prizes.
Classroom contest: Students across Canada recite one poem in their classroom. Each class names one winner.
School contest: Each classroom winner memorizes and recites a second poem and selects their competition stream: English, Bilingual, or French. A school can name only one champion per stream.
Online Semifinals: Recitation videos are filmed and uploaded to our website and evaluated by our judges. The 24 top-scoring students from across Canada are invited to the National Finals with a teacher.
National Finals: A National Champion is named in each stream and the top 9 reciters win $25,000 in prizes for themselves and their school libraries.
Compete as a Team
If you’d prefer to compete as a group, then check out our Team Regionals.
You and two friends push one another to craft the strongest recitations you can, then you compete against other teams in your area. Teams cannot compete in the Online Semifinals or attend the National Finals.