Timeline for Minnesota 2016–17 Poetry Out Loud Competition

  • August 1–October 3, 2016—School Registration; Teachers Integrate POL into classes
  • October 3, 2016—Deadline: Statewide school registration closed
  • October 17, 2016–November 14, 2016—Poetry Out Loud Online Class - Register here.
  • October 2016–December 16, 2016—Classroom and School competitions
  • January 10, 2017—Deadline: School winner information due to The Loft Literary Center - Register here.
  • March 7, 2017—Minnesota Semi-Finals (see full schedule below): Target Performance Hall, Open Book, 2nd Floor, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • March 8, 2017, 5 p.m.—MN State Competition: Target Performance Hall, Open Book, 2nd Floor, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • One student from this competition will go on to represent Minnesota at national finals; one runner-up alternate named
  • April 24-26, 2017—Poetry Out Loud National Competition, Washington, DC

Daily Schedule for Loft Events Surrounding Semi-Finals (Participating Poetry Out Loud Schools are eligible):

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

  • 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Semifinal 1 (Performance Hall)
  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Creative Writing Class 1
  • 1:00–1:45 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch (the Loft will not provide lunch)
  • 2–5 p.m. Semifinal 2 (Performance Hall)
  • 3–4:30 p.m. Creative Writing Class 2

State prizes

The winner of the state competition will be awarded $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for the national competition. The expenses also include accommodations for one adult chaperone to accompany the student. In addition to the prize and trip, the Minnesota winner’s school will be awarded with a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The winner and their teacher will each also win a $100 Loft gift certificate.

The runner-up at the state competition will receive $100 and his/her school will receive $200 to purchase poetry books for their library.

All participating students will receive poetry books donated by some of Minnesota’s top literary organizations and independent presses.

National prizes

The national champion will receive $20,000 to put toward college tuition, bringing the grand total of scholarships and school stipends awarded to student participants to $50,000.