February 13, 2022


IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Register by February 17, 2023

Questions? Call 727-873-4744


*To be completed by the state finalist.

You've selected your state finalist...now what?

We are excited to host the Poetry Out Loud State Competition and look forward to receiving your schools state finalist's registration. To help us get the information we need in a timely fashion, please encourage your student to submit their registration by February 17, 2023.


  • Poem Requirements and Limitations
  • Photo/Video Waiver
  • Chaperone Information
  • Travel Details
  • Special Accommodation Requests

Please Note: The 2023 state finals will be held on March 11, 2023. To have your school's winner participate in the state finals, they will need to be registered in our system by February 17, 2023, plan accordingly.


  • The order of poems cannot be changed once they have been submitted.

  • At the state and national competitions, students must meet the following criteria with their poem selections: One poem must be 25 lines or shorter, and one must have been written BEFORE the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both requirements and more than one poem can meet these requirements.

  • Eligible poems can be found online. In addition, any poem in the printed anthology is eligible for the competition even if it is not available online.

  • Not all of these poems have streaming permissions. Therefore, some of the recitations may not be able to be streamed or broadcasted. If you would like to know if your poem selection is able to be live streamed/broadcasted please email the event organizer at [email protected].


*To be completed by the state finalist.

USF St. Petersburg campus

Planning for your visit to University of South Florida's

St. Petersburg campus:

  • Located on the water in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, FL
  • Walking distance to museums, sports venues, parks and restaurants. Visit our visitors guide to plan your weekend.
  • Nearby hotels - inquire about special USF rate
  • Visitor parking is available
  • Travel to campus by land, public transportation, sea or aviation aircraft
  • Schedule a tour while visiting our beautiful campus - request a tour HERE

Poetry Out Loud Gets Original winners to be announced March 7.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus is partnering once again with the literary non-profit Keep St. Pete Lit to host Florida Poetry Out Loud GETS ORIGINAL. POLGO is a complementary competition which invites students to submit original poetry for the potential to be included in an anthology that will be printed and disseminated to participants.

Over 51 students submitted original poetry in the competition by the February 7 deadline. Students whose poems are selected for publication will be notified by March 7, and those students will also be invited to participate in a virtual open microphone competition on March 17, 2023 from 6-8pm to read their original poems with the chance to receive cash prizes from $200 to $50 for both content and performance.

Poetry Out Loud Mobile App

Poetry Out Loud has a free app! With this app, students can easily find, save, and practice poems for the competition on their phones or tablets. Many thanks to our wonderful partners at the Poetry Foundation.

Available for download:

App Store (iOS)

Google Play Store (Android)


Friday, February 17, 2023

State finalist's registration due

Saturday, March 11, 2023

State Final to be hosted at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Poetry Out Loud Gets Original winners will be notified.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Poetry Out Loud Gets Original virtual state competition

May 8 - 10, 2023

Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC

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