Join us on stage

Compete for cash and travel worth over $75,000 and meet new friends from across Canada in our individual contest, or recite with schoolmates in our new Team Regionals.

Competitions

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With our recitation contests, students choose classic and contemporary poems from our anthology, learn them deeply, commit them to memory, hone their recitation skills, and compete for over $75,000 in travel and prizes. 

We now run two annual recitation competitions open to individual students across Canada:

  • a junior competition, which takes place in the Fall and
  • a senior competition, which takes place in the Winter and Spring

We also run local Team Regional contests every Winter and Spring in different cities throughout the country.

 

NEW! THE JUNIOR COMPETITION

The Poetry In Voice Junior Recitation Competition, which happens in the Fall, is open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8, and those in grade 6 and secondary 1 & 2 in Quebec.

Students begin competing in the classroom contest, and winners move on to the school contest. School champions submit recitation videos for the Junior Online Finals, where the top 3 competitors in the English, Bilingual, and French Streams win:

  • 1st place: $300 for the student, $200 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library
  • 2nd place: $200 for the student, $200 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library
  • 3rd place: $100 for the student, $200 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library

Learn more about how the junior competition works, how the Team Regionals work, and review the rules and this year’s deadlines

 

THE SENIOR COMPETITION

The Poetry In Voice Senior Recitation Competition, which takes place in the Winter and Spring, is open to students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, and those in secondary 3, 4, 5, and CEGEP in Quebec.  

Students begin competing in the classroom contest, and winners move on to the school contest. School champions submit recitation videos for the Online Qualifiers. Then the top 24 students are invited with a teacher to participate in the National Finals, with travel and accommodation provided by Poetry In Voice. At the National Finals, the top 3 competitors in the English, Bilingual, and French Streams win:

  • 1st place: $5,000 for the student, $1,000 for their school library, with $500 reserved for the purchase of poetry books
  • 2nd place: $1,000 for the student, $500 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library
  • 3rd place: $500 for the student, $250 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library

Learn more about how the senior competition works, how the Team Regionals work, and review the rules and this year’s deadlines.

 

 

More information

For teachers:

Run a Contest

For judges:

Judge a Contest

Join us on stage

Compete for cash and travel worth over $75,000 and meet new friends from across Canada in our individual contest, or recite with schoolmates in our new Team Regionals.