Registration and Participation Timeline


Poetry Out Loud PBS Broadcast Dates


Thursday, April 6 @ 9:00 pm
Sunday, April 9 @ 3:00 pm

WHUT, Washington

Saturday, April 8 @ 12:00 pm

WHRO, Norfolk

Sunday, April 9 @ 5:30 pm

WBRA, Roanoke

Sunday, April 9 @ 4:30 pm

WVPT, Harrisonburg

Thursday, April 13 @ 8:00 pm

Poetry Out Loud National Finals:
Washington, DC

Can be viewed online through a live webcast at

April 24-26, 2017

Poetry Out Loud Registration 

Registration is currently closed and will reopen for 2017-2018 in June.


  • All public, private, charter and homeschool students are eligible to participate in the regional and state competitions.
  • School or homeschool group must register by Friday, October 21, 2016.
  • All registered schools must have a school coordinator to organize and run the school competition.
  • To participate in official regional and state competitions, schools must hold a school wide competition with a minimum of 2 students competing.  
  • Any school at any grade level may use the online Poetry Out Loud resources to run an unofficial competition. 
  • Students competing in unofficial contests will not be eligible for state or national awards. This is an excellent way to prepare younger grades for the official competition.


  • Students must be in grades 9 -12, with an exception made for 8th-grade students who are in a participating 9th-grade class.
  • Competitors at the state and national finals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must participate in a school or organizational competition before progressing to the Poetry Out Loud regional or state finals.
  • Home-schooled students may participate.
  • School-level competitions must include two or more students.


For any questions related to participation in the official Poetry Out Loud Program contact:

Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts

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