How it works

How it works


The Florida Humanities Council works with the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs to distribute poetry study materials to participating high school teachers. Using the Poetry Out Loud Teacher’s Guide, teachers incorporate poetry into their classroom curriculum while also preparing for school-wide poetry recitation competitions. Each school’s winner then participates in the Poetry Out Loud State Finals contest.

The winner of the Poetry Out Loud State Finals for Florida was be awarded $200 and given an all-expense paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to Washington, DC to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The State Champion’s school library receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. The runner-up receives $100; an additional $200 goes to his or her school library. More than $50,000 in prizes and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals in April with the national winner receiving $20,000 in college scholarship funds and national media recognition.

Become a participant:

Interested teachers should register their school information by completing the form below. Within two weeks of registering we’ll send you the Poetry Out Loud toolkit that includes a Teacher’s Guide, lessons plans, promotional posters and a “Learning Recitation” Companion Guide and DVD. For more Poetry Out Loud classroom materials, poems, instructions and other resources visit

For more information, contact Alex Buell at 727-873-2001 or

About The State Competition:

The 2016 State Competition will be held at the Oval Theater in the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa on Saturday, March 11th. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for each student and chaperone. Local lodging will also be provided.

Poetry Out Loud Registration:

Register your School

In order to participate in the State Finals and to receive the official Poetry Out Loud Teacher’s Guide, school coordinators (lead teachers) who need to request this year’s tool kit and participate in the program should register their school online no later than December 30, 2016. To help guide you through creating an online account, download the POL registration guide below.

POL Registration Guide

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