Registration for Poetry Out Loud 2022 is now open!

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students’ literary heritage as they take poetry from the page to the stage. Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover and appreciate both classic and contemporary poetry.


School Registration Form 

Organization Registration Form 

Individual Registration Form

Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts 2022 Important Dates

Registration Deadline - Friday December 17, 2021

School/Organization Contest Deadline - Friday January 28, 2022

Semi-Finalist Registration Deadline - Friday February 4, 2022

Massachusetts Regional Semi-Finals - March 5, 6, 7, 2022

Massachusetts State Finals - March 13, 2022

*All Massachusetts State Semi-Finals and Finals are scheduled to happen in person, pending updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

Rose Hansen, Norwell High School
2021 Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts State Champion


Cameron Smith from Meridian Academy
Second Place



Elton Muchugi, Leominster High School
ndividual Cohort Winner, Third Place

Read the Program:

Poetry Out Loud in Massachusetts: History and Statistics


Why participate in Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud? 

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For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit the official website at For information about the Massachusetts competition, please email the Education Department at

"POETRY OUT LOUD helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  By encouraging your students to study, memorize, and perform some of the most influential and timeless poems of the English language, you immerse them in powerful expression and provocative ideas.  Although many students may initially be nervous about reciting in front of their peers, the experience will prove invaluable — not only in school, but also in life.  Much of the future success of students will depend on how well they present themselves in public.  Public speaking is a skill people use every day on both the workplace and the community."National Endowment for the Arts & The Poetry Foundation


Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council and The Huntington.


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