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!


School Level

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To prepare for the school contest, each classroom winner memorizes a second poem.

When a student chooses their second poem, they are also choosing their competition stream:

  • 1st poem in English + 2nd poem in English = English Stream 
  • 1st poem in English + 2nd poem in French = Bilingual Stream
  • 1st poem in French + 2nd poem in English = Bilingual Stream
  • 1st poem in French + 2nd poem in French = French Stream

As always, recitations at the school contest are judged using our Scoring Rubric, our Evaluation Sheet, and our Accuracy Score Sheet. The judges are usually teachers or local poets.

A school can name only one champion in each prize stream: one English Stream champion, one Bilingual Stream champion, and one French Stream champion.

When a student is named a school champion, one of two things can happen next:

  1. That school champion can move on to compete in the Junior Online Finals (for students in grades 6-8) or the Online Qualfiers (for students in grades 9-12).
  2. The school champion might decide to not participate in the rest of the competition (but really, why not take it to the next level and see what could happen?).