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!


Competition for Junior Grades

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Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 and those in grade 6 and Secondary 1 & 2 in Quebec are eligible to compete in The Poetry In Voice Junior Recitation Competition, which takes place in the Fall. 

At every level of the competition, students’ recitations are evaluated according to our Scoring Rubric, our Evaluation Sheet, and our Accuracy Score Sheet. Students, please refer to those documents and to our recitation tips to help you compete successfully. 

Poems recited in the junior competition must be chosen from this collection of poems for grades 6-8. Refer to our Rules & Deadlines page for the full list of our rules. 


Classroom contest

Students across Canada recite one poem for their classroom contest. 

Each class names one winner.

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School contest

Each classroom winner memorizes and recites a second poem for their school contest and selects their competition stream: English, Bilingual, or French.

A school can name up to 3 champions (only one English Champion, one Bilingual Champion, and one French Champion).

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Online Finals

Each school champion films 2 recitation videos and their teacher uploads them to our website. Their recitations are evaluated by our judges.

In each stream, the top 3 reciters 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

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Team Regionals

At a Team Regional, each school is represented by a trio of reciters, and up to eight schools can participate. 

The 3 top-scoring teams win:

  • 1st place: $100 for each student
  • 2nd place: $60 for each student
  • 3rd place: $40 for each student

Team Regionals are NOT on the path that leads to the Online Finals.

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