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Poetry Out Loud Nebraska

Student Registration is now open!

The Unaffiliated Student Program is for high school students in grades 9-12 who wish to participate in the Nebraska POL program, but their school or homeschool network are not participating. Students who register to be a part of the Unaffiliated Student Program will participate in five online sessions and compete with peers under the guidance of teachers from the Nebraska English Language Arts Council.

  • Students compete for over $50,000 in state and national prizes and scholarships.
  • The Unaffiliated Student Program will include an Orientation, two Work sessions, a Coaching session conducted by a professional performing artist or poet, and a virtual competition.
  • One student champion from this group will move on to compete in the State Semi-Finals.
  • The Nebraska Poetry Out Loud program, including State Semi-Final and State Final Competitions, will be conducted virtually.

Important: Students are only eligible to participate in the Unaffiliated Student POL Program if their school or homeschool network is not already registered. Restrictions may apply if more than one student from a school or network wishes to participate.

Important Dates



Nov. 5 School Registration deadline
Sept. – Feb. Conduct in-school POL programs
Feb. 10 Video submissions are due for the State Semi-Finals Competition (Guidelines for preparing and recording Poetry Out Loud recitations will be forthcoming later this fall.)
Feb. 17 State finalists notified
Feb. 26 Video submissions are due for State Finals Competition
March 12 State finals recording published and state champ announced
April National Finals

Resources for Coordinating Teachers:


Previous POL Videos

2016 Video

2015 Video

2014 Video