How to Upload Videos
Watch how to submit a video to the Online Semifinals.
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- a computer with access to the Internet
- each student’s name, grade, and contact email address
- a digital copy of each student’s signed permission form
- the titles of the poems
- the recitation videos
- Log in.
- Click “Submit entries now”, also located in the top menu.
- Choose a prize stream.
- Complete all required fields.
- Upload the student’s signed permission form.
- Fill in poem titles, in order of recitation. Note: Students competing in the English stream will recite their first two poems at the National Finals but not necessarily their third. Please take this into consideration when indicating recitation order for the Online Semifinals.
- Click “Upload” next to the first poem title. Be sure to upload the correct video. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification. Keep the upload window open until upload is complete.
- Repeat step 7 for the second and third poems, as required.
If your school is competing in more than one prize stream, repeat steps 1-8 for each competitor.
- If the criteria for poem eligibility have not been met, you will be unable to complete the submission process.
- Our system uses YouTube to upload videos. Do not, however, upload your video directly to YouTube. Upload it by following the steps above.
- To ensure your video will be properly processed, please follow YouTube’s recommended guidelines. Video upload times will depend on the speed of your internet connection and the size of your video files. You may consider compressing your videos prior to upload.
- After uploading, please note that YouTube may take some time to process your video.
- Once upload is complete, click "Watch" to ensure that the video plays back correctly and is associated with the correct poem title.
- If students advance to the National Finals, they must recite the same poems in the same order.
- English champions recite three poems in English.
- French champions recite three poems in French.
- Bilingual champions recite one poem in each language.
- In the English and French prize streams, one poem must be 25 lines or fewer and for the 2016/17 competition, one must be written by a Canadian poet. (Our pre-20th century requirement doesn’t apply this year.) The same poem may be used to meet both criteria. Please note that these criteria do not apply to the Bilingual prize stream.
- A student may only compete in one stream.