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2021 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Nevada Poetry Out Loud is open to Nevada students in grades 9 -12. Students may participate from in-school or after school programs, as well as home school and distance learning programs. Students compete in school and district semi-final competitions. Winners of the district competitions will compete in the virtual state competition. The state champion will represent Nevada in the virtual national competition.


Registration is now open for High School Teachers & Students 

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New This Year

Individual students whose schools are not participating in Poetry Out Loud may self-register as independent participants. However, they will be required to participate in a school and/or district semi-final competition in their county.

Student Registration

What Do Teachers Get?

Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with a teacher’s guide and multi-media resources located on a comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards – to augment regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a school-level competition.  School-level recitation champions advance to their district competition. District semi-finalists travel to Reno for the state final competition.

Teacher Registration

The 2021 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition will be virtual this year. The Nevada State Champion receives $200 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The Nevada State Champion will compete in the virtual national final competition in Spring 2021.

Information on POL Virtual Competitions

POL Filming Requirements and Tips

Nevada Arts Council Staff

Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Specialist & POL State Coordinator, at or call 702.486.3738.