Poetry Ourselves

Poetry Out Loud is offering an additional competition for original student work for the 2020 National Finals. Each 2020 state champion will have the opportunity to submit one original work of either written or spoken poetry. A winner and runners-up will be selected for each category. Winners and runners-up will be announced at the 2020 Poetry Out Loud National Finals and winning work may be featured on the National Endowment for the Arts website and the Poetry Out Loud website. Submissions without an accompanying permission form by the time of the deadline will not be reviewed.

The 2020 Poetry Out Loud guest poet, who will be announced after the Poetry Ourselves submission deadline closes, will judge the entries. Previous guest poets have included Kyle Dargan, Jamaal May, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Patricia Smith.

This competition is only open to 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champions.

Submissions are due on Friday, March 27, 2020 by 11:59pm ET.


By selecting "yes" above, I state my intention to participate in the 2020 Poetry Ourselves competition and certify that the work I upload is entirely my own. I will submit the appropriate permission form, available under the heading "Permissions," before Friday, March 27th at 11:59pm ET.