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State and National Finals

In order to ensure the safety and health of participating students and staff, the 2022 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will take place virtually in lieu of holding them on-site in Washington, DC. At this time, the dates for the virtual 2022 National Finals are still to be determined, but will take place in the Spring as a video competition. When more details are available, they will be shared with the POL community at-large. 

Poetry Out Loud competitions at the local, regional, and state-levels may be held virtually or in-person. Organizers who elect to hold an in-person contest should follow federal, state, and local guidelines in regard to slowing the spread of COVID-19. For organizers administering a virtual competition, please reference the How To Administer a Poetry Out Loud Virtual Contest and How to Film a POL Recitation for a Virtual Contest documents.

More information on the National Finals can be found here.

 For more information on holding virtual competitions, please visit the Organizing a Contest page.

State Finals

Find your state’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.

State/Territory Date Winner & School/Org
Alabama
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virgin Islands
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming