About the Competition

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Alabama State Council on the Arts to support this FREE High School program that builds students public speaking skills and self-confidence. Students, through research and creativity, design performances that deepen their understanding of their literary heritage, and that sharpen their craft of writing. Alabama participates in the National Competition, and also holds an Original Poetry Recitation Competition.


Alabama State Champions who compete in the Anthology competition travel to Washington DC, all expenses paid, to compete nationally. State winners of the Original Poetry Recitation Competition are often invited to recite their work at the Book Festival in Montgomery Alabama.

How Do I Get Involved?

High School teachers interested in having their classes participate must register by completing a School/Teacher Registration Form and emailing it to diana.green@arts.alabama.gov.

Once you are registered you will be assigned a Regional Coordinator who will inform you of deadlines and dates of regional workshops and competitions. All class, school and regional competitions take place in the Fall so registrations are required early in the school year. Winners of the regional competitions are invited to compete in the State Finals at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on February 15, 2016.

For Poem selections and more, please go to www.poetryoutloud.org

Program Overview

Program Structure

School/Teacher Registration Form

Teachers Guide

State Finals National Competition Entry Form

State Finals Original Poetry Competition Entry Form

Student Profile Information Form (Required for all State Finalists)

Alabama New Rules and FAQ’s

Contact: diana.green@arts.alabama.gov • 334-242-4076 Ext. 241 • National Website: www.poetryoutloud.org