Poetry Ourselves

Poetry Out Loud is offering an additional competition for original student work. Each 2020 state champion ​and each student who advanced to their state finals in states that did not hold a state competition this year 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 a to be determined time 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 Ourselves judge is poet, editor, and National Book Award finalist Carmen Giménez Smith.

This competition is only open to 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champions and students who advanced to their state finals in states that did not hold a state competition this year.

Submissions are due on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by 11:59pm ET.

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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 Wednesday, April 8th at 11:59pm ET.