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  • October 31, 2021: Deadline for AK POL Registration  2022 Alaska Poetry Out Loud Registration Form
  • Prior to winter break: recommended completion of classroom/school competitions
  • January 18, 2022: Deadline for submission of Regional AK POL videos for adjudication
  • January 24 - 28, 2022: Regional AK POL Video Adjudication Week
  • January 31, 2022: Announcement of AK POL State Finalists!
  • February 1 – March 9, 2022: AK POL State Finalist online meet-and-greet, distance coaching, coordination, and State AK POL preparation
  • March 11, 2022: Alaska State Poetry Out Loud
  • March 14, 2022: Deadline to hold a State POL Competition
  • TBD in April for Poetry Month: Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalist Celebration online!
  • March 17, 2022: Deadline for state champs and chaperones to register for National Finals
  • April 25 - 27, 2022: Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC


2022 is the 16th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, and we hope you will join us!  Rather than being a simple exercise in memorization, learning to recite poetry encompasses college and career ready skills, including structural analysis, interpretation of meaning, point of view, close-reading and the use of higher order thinking skills.

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and competes in the national finals. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for their school. At the national finals, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually.

In 2021-2022 Alaska Regional (AK POL) Competitions will be video-adjudicated, across the state, with the goal to hold an in-person competition for State Finals in Juneau. In- person gathering for the State AK POL competition will be dependent on the conditions for the State of Alaska and the COVID-19 pandemic. The AK POL planning committee will make a determination about the State POL Competition before winter break.

Poetry Out Loud (POL) competitions may be held virtually or in-person at any level of competition, including classroom and school competitions. In order to be eligible to compete at the state level of competition, a student must compete at a prior level of competition; the AK POL competition requires that a student compete in the Regional video adjudication in order to be eligible for the State competition. For organizers who elect to hold an in-person contest, at the local level, please follow any federal, state, and local guidelines in regard to slowing the spread of COVID-19. This may include wearing masks, enforcing social distancing measures, hand sanitizing, and ensuring participants and guardians are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending, and while participating in, a POL event.

Each participant at the regional level of competition will be required to submit videos for two poem recitations; each participant at the state level of competition will be required prepare three poem recitations.

At the school level, each school including grades 9-12 coordinates its own competition. School winners participate in a region-wide competition, with regions to be determined by the AK POL planning committee following the registration period. Participating, registered Schools may identify between 1-4 students to send forward to the region-wide competition: the deadline for submitting videos to the regional level of competition is January 18, 2022.

For the 2021-2022 school cycle, the Alaska Poetry Out Loud program will also accept at-large registrations by individual students, to compete directly in the Regional level of competition providing the following guidelines are met:

  • An at-large, individual student participants must identify an AK POL School teacher/liaison/coach, who has agreed to be a point of contact with the AK POL planning committee, and
  • If the student’s school is registered for AK POL, the student must participate in the school competition. If more than four at-large, individual student participants register from any school entity, the school must determine the four students who will proceed forward to the Regional level of competition, from their school.

Should more than four individual students register from a single school, where the school is not registered, the AK POL planning committee will consult and coordinate with that school in mounting a school competition. Guidance for organizing a competition at the classroom and school competition is available at: Please note: in the case where a school does not have enough students to hold a classroom or school competition, AK POL’s Regional level of competition will meet the program guidelines for eligibility


Amanda Filori, Alaska Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
(907) 419-7828 (cell)

Laura Forbes, Arts Education Program Director
Alaska State Council on the Arts
(907) 269-6682 (w) (907) 394-1525 (cell)

Nancy DeCherney, Executive Director
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
(907) 586-2787






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