By competing in our online recitation contests, students can become National Recitation Champions and win cash prizes!
Once a student is declared their school's champion in a given stream (or they are the only student who wants to compete for that year), they are eligible to enter either the Junior Online Finals or the Senior Online Qualifiers, depending on their grade:
- The Junior Online Finals for students in grades 6-8 — this year's submission period is from November to December 5, 2019 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time
- The Online Qualifiers for students in grades 9-12 — this year's submission period is from February 3 to March 5, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time
Each school can only have one English Stream champion, one Bilingual Stream champion, and one French Stream champion competing in the Junior Online Finals, and only one champion per stream competing in our Online Qualifiers.
Here's how to participate in one of our online contests:
Each school champion memorizes and practises their recitations of 2 POEMS (not 3, as in previous years):
- English Stream school champion: 2 English poems
- Bilingual Stream school champion: 1 English poem + 1 French poem
- French Stream school champion: 2 French poems
- A parent/guardian signs a permission form (students who are 18 or older sign the appropriate form themselves).
- The student and teacher film each recitation separately according to our specifications.
- A teacher or student uploads the videos to their own YouTube account, titling the videos the poem’s title ONLY, and setting privacy to Unlisted.
- A teacher logs in to their Poetry In Voice account and uploads the permission form and recitation videos by the contest deadline. (For further instructions, check out our How to Upload Videos page.)
- Judges from across the country evaluate the recitations.
- The student and submitting teacher are notified by email about the results:
In the Junior Online Finals, the 3 top-scoring students in each stream 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
In the Senior Online Qualifiers, the 24 top-scoring students are are invited with a teacher to participate in the National Finals, with travel and accommodation provided by Poetry In Voice.
- Students in the English Stream and in the French Stream who are invited to compete at the National Finals will be asked to learn a third poem. One of their three poems must have 25 lines or fewer.
A student can contact Poetry In Voice for general feedback about their recitations in our contests (we will not send feedback if it is requested by a teacher). Because Winter and Spring are very busy times for us, please allow several weeks for a response.