Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie is recommending recitation contests at all levels be held online this year. Students, check out our Tips for Reciting Online page. Teachers, consult the Run an Online Contest page for tips on holding a contest, and check out our Team Regionals page for opportunities to join an online team contest near you. The Junior Contest will be held online, as it always has been. We hope to hold a live Senior Nationals in Montreal in April, 2021, A final decision will be made closer to the date, but we will definitely hold Nationals, as we did in 2020. Learn about changes to the contest format on the Senior Nationals page. There are more prizes to be won than ever before!

 

Deadlines & Rules

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NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

KEY DATES

Junior Competition

  • November 2–December 8, 2020: Online Finals submission period 
  • January 11, 2021: Winners announced

Senior Competition

  • February 2–March 4, 2021: Online Qualifiers submission period
  • March 10, 2021: 42 Semifinalists announced
  • March 18, 2021: Finalists and People's Choice Winners announced
  • April 15–17, 2021 National Finals in Montreal

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.
  • 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 student can only compete in one prize stream in a given year. A student may compete in both a Team Regional and the Senior Contest.
  • A teacher supervise their students' participation 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 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.

Junior Competition

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

Senior Competition

  • All competitors must be aged 18 or younger by September 30, 2020. Students must be in grades 9–12. In Quebec, students must be in Secondary 3, 4, 5, or in CEGEP.
  • A school can have one, two, or three students compete in the Senior Online Qualifiers; that is, one student in each prize stream: English, Bilingual, and French.

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.

Junior Competition

Senior Competition

  • Poems recited must be from our senior anthology.
  • 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

JUDGING & SCORING

  • At every level of the competition, students’ recitations must be assessed according to the Poetry In Voice evaluation criteria, our scoring rubric, 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.

 

TEAM REGIONALS

KEY DATES

  • February 2-March 4, 2021: Online Team Regional submission period
  • March 25, 2021: Online Team Regionals results announced

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.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • A teacher must supervise their students' involvement in the Team Regionals.

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.
  • Each competitor must recite individually. Choral recitations are not accepted.
  • Each member of a school team must recite a different poem.

JUDGING & SCORING

  • At every level of the competition, students’ recitations must be assessed according to the Poetry In Voice evaluation criteria, our scoring rubric, 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 winning team.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied team with the highest overall performance score should win; if that also results in a tie, then look to the highest accuracy score.