Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie will be running online contests again this year. We hope your school will participate in our Online Team Regionals. The Senior Online Nationals format will be similar to last year, with cash prizes for 42 Semifinalists!


Senior Nationals

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See all the finalists recitations on our recitation videos webpage!



Watch our most exciting event of the year, the Online National Finals where our 9 national finalists recited poems for the top prizes! 

The National Finals was hosted by former CBC Radio personality Johanne Blais and judged by a jury of celebrated poets: Mathew Henderson, Evelyn Lau, and Damian Rogers for the English recitations; Nicole Brossard, Georgette LeBlanc and Hector Ruiz for the French recitations. 

National Finalists Prizes

Online national finalists will win the following cash prizes:

  • 1st place: $3,000 for the student, $1,000 for poetry books for their school’s library
  • 2nd place: $2,000 for the student, $500 for poetry books for their school’s library
  • 3rd place: $1,000 for the student, $250 for poetry books for their school’s library


Semifinalists Prizes

Our 42 Semifinalists were each awarded a $250 prize. This year Star Ezeano from All Saints High School in Calgary, Alberta won the English People’s Choice and Marianne Arseneault from École secondaire Val Mauricie, Shawinigan, Quebec won the French People’s Choice prize. The People’s Choice winners are awarded $500 on top of the $250 for being named a Semifinalist. You can watch all 42 of our semifinalists here: https://www.poetryinvoice.com/recite/online-contests/winners/senior-2021


2020 Online National Finals

On Friday, April 17, 2020 the top 9 student reciters from across Canada lifted poetry off the page and competed for over $35,000 in prizes in our first Online National Finals. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our Montreal event, but all 24 students won cash prizes for their participation in the Online National Finals, and we hope to return to Montreal in 2021!

    Looking back at the 2019 National Finals in Winnipeg

    Watch the Finals

    Watch the English Semifinals


    Watch the French & Bilingual Semifinals


    Looking back at the 2018 National Finals in Toronto

    The Awards Show:


    The English Qualifiers:


    The French & Bilingual Qualifiers:




    Looking back at the 2017 National Finals in Vancouver

    English Finals & Showcase

    In this event hosted by Bill Richardson, the top 6 students from the English Stream Qualifiers competed for the prizes for themselves and their school libraries. The French and Bilingual winners from earlier in the day were also showcased.



    French & Bilingual Finals

    During this event hosted by Johanne Blais, six students in the French Stream and six in the Bilingual stream competed for the $5,000 grand prizes.



    English Qualifiers

    Hosted by former English Champion Roan Shankaruk, this competition features twelve high school students from across Canada reciting 3 poems from our anthology. The top 6 students advanced to our English Finals.



    Resisting, Surviving, and Embracing: Nationhood and Identity on #Canada150

    Poet Jordan Abel led a discussion among indigenous writers on the concepts of Canadian and Indigenous nationhood and the ways in which those ideas are expressed through poetry. 





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