Poetry Out Loud


The Walton Information Center and the Poetry Club are proud sponsors of the WHS Poetry Out Loud competition. Read on to learn more about  this awesome event.

What is Poetry Out Loud?

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. This year’s local event also includes an original poetry competition.

Click here to view and print the POL @ WHS Student Info packet.

NEW: LOCAL Original Poetry Competition

This year we are are accepting original poem entries for judging at the local level. We encourage all Walton students to participate! *Note that our local original poetry competition is NOT affiliated with the National Poetry Out Loud competition.

  • Students are not required to participate in the recitation contest to be eligible for the original poetry competition.
  • Each student may submit up to two poems.
  • All entries must be typed.
  • Students must include first name, last name, and grade on each submission.
  • All entries must be typed and submitted for judging by 3:30 pm Friday, Dec. 1.
  • The top three entries will be presented at the Poetry Out Loud competition.
  • We encourage the authors to present the poems themselves. Memorization is not required.

Important Dates

  • Sunday, October 29: Entry form due (see below)
  • November 27 – December 1: Recite both poems for practice with event organizer
  • Friday, December 1: Original poem submissions due
  • Wednesday, December 6: Mandatory group rehearsal at 3:00 in Info Center
  • Friday, December 8: Competition at 4:00 in Info Center

Why should students participate?

Students who compete in Poetry Out Loud learn about great poetry, master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Plus, they can win awesome prizes and include their participation on college applications! To learn more, visit poetryoutloud.org.

What does the competition entail?

Students who participate in the school-level competition will

  1. Select and interpret two poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology
  2. Memorize and recite selected poems for faculty advisers before school-wide competition date
  3. Recite both poems for faculty judges in school competition

How are participants evaluated?

Judges assess participants according to their

  • Physical presence
  • Voice and articulation
  • Dramatic appropriateness
  • Evidence of understanding
  • Accuracy
  • Overall performance

Click here to see 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and Georgia State Champion Samara Huggins recite “Novel” by Arthur Rimbud at the 2017 National Poetry Out Loud competition.

Where do I sign up?

If you would like to participate in Walton’s Poetry Out Loud Competition, please complete the form below by Sunday, November 5, 2017.