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GENERAL RULES

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must be attending a school in Canada.
  • No student may be excluded from participation in this competition on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
  • Schools may determine eligibility for classroom- and school-level Poetry In Voice contests pursuant to local law.
  • A Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poesie permission form must be signed and submitted in order for a student to compete in the Junior Online Finals or the Senior Online Qualifiers.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • A teacher must register with Poetry In Voice in order for students at their school to participate in the Junior Online Finals or the Senior Online Qualifiers.
  • Homeschooled students who want to participate in the Junior Online Finals or in the Senior Online Qualifiers must first make arrangements to compete at a participating school contest in their area.
  • A school can have one, two, or three students compete in the Junior Online Finals; that is, one student in each prize stream: English, Bilingual, and French.
  • A school can also have one student in each stream compete in the Senior Online Qualifiers: an English Stream school champion, a Bilingual Stream school champion, and a French Stream school champion.
  • A student can only compete in one prize stream in a given year.
  • A National Champion (a student who places first in the English, French, or Bilingual stream) is not eligible to compete in the same prize stream in subsequent years.

POEMS & RECITATIONS

  • All poems must be selected from the Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie anthology.
  • Poems must be memorized and recited exactly as they appear in the Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie anthology, including any epigraphs.
  • A student must start their recitation by saying the title of the poem and the poet’s name. A student’s editorial comments before or after a poem are not allowed.
  • The titles and the order of students’ poems must be given in advance to the contest coordinators. Students may not change them once they are submitted.
  • Students recite their poems in rounds: each student recites their first poem, then each student recites their second poem, and then, in some cases, their third poem.

JUDGING AND SCORING

  • At every level of the competition, students’ recitations must be assessed according to the Poetry In Voice evaluation criteria, and students must be assigned an accuracy score.
  • Accuracy judges must evaluate students’ recitations against the poems as they appear on our website.
  • Judges should not convene to discuss performances. Rankings will be based solely on evaluation sheets submitted by judges.
  • Judges may not reconsider their scores after submitting them.
  • Scoring is cumulative. The scores from all rounds should be added together to determine the winner.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied student with the highest overall performance score should win; if that also results in a tie, then look to the highest accuracy score.

 

 

JUNIOR COMPETITION DEADLINES & RULES

DEADLINES

  • December 5, 2018: Deadline to submit recitation videos for the Junior Online Finals 
  • January 2019: Winners of the Online Finals announced

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Students must be in grades 6, 7, or 8. In Quebec, students must be in grade 6 or in Secondary 1 or 2.

POEMS & RECITATIONS

  • Poems recited must be from our list of poems for students in grades 6-8/Prim. 6 & Sec. 1 & 2.
  • Each student competing the a junior classroom contest must recite 1 poem.
  • Each classroom winner competing in a junior school contest must recite 2 poems. 
  • School champions who recite 2 English poems compete in the English Stream of the Online Finals.
  • School champions who recite 2 French poems compete in the French Stream of the Online Finals.
  • School champions who recite 1 poem in English and 1 poem in French compete in the Bilingual Stream of the Online Finals. 

 

 

SENIOR COMPETITION DEADLINES & RULES

DEADLINES

  • March 7, 2019: Deadline to submit recitation videos for the Senior Online Qualifiers
  • March 20, 2019: Winners of the Online Qualifiers announced
  • April 23-26, 2019: National Finals

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • All competitors must be aged 18 or younger by September 30, 2018. Students must be in grades 9–12. In Quebec, students must be in Secondary 3, 4, 5, or in CEGEP.

POEMS & RECITATIONS

  • Poems recited must be from our list of poems for students in grades 9-12/Sec. 3-5/CEGEP I.
  • Each student competing the a senior classroom contest must recite 1 poem.
  • Each classroom winner competing in a senior school contest must recite 2 poems. 
  • School champions who recite 2 English poems will compete in the English Stream of the Online Qualifiers.
  • School champions who recite 2 French poems will compete in the French Stream of the Online Qualifiers.
  • School champions who recite 1 poem in English and 1 poem in French will compete in the Bilingual Stream of the Online Qualifiers. 
  • Students who are invited to compete in the English Stream and the French Stream at the National Finals will be asked to memorize a third poem. One of their three poems must be a poem that has 25 lines or fewer

 

 

TEAM REGIONAL DEADLINES & RULES

DEADLINES

The Team Regionals will take place between January 15 and March 15, 2019.

POEMS & RECITATIONS

  • Each competitor must recite individually. Choral recitations are not accepted.
  • Each member of a school team must recite a different poem.
  • At an English Team Regional event, all students must recite one poem from our English anthology. For a French Team Regional, all students must recite one poem from our French anthology. No other criteria govern competitors’ poem selections.