Poetry Out Loud - Instructors - Southwestern Illinois College

Welcome Instructors

The Regional Contest Competition Day is quickly approaching. I hope all your school competitions are going well! 

This year, each participating school can submit up to three finalists. Email the contestant information to Amy Brockman at amy.brockman@swic.edu.

Please note: This year’s contest is a virtual VIDEO SUBMISSION CONTEST! 

Important dates

For this year’s virtual program — submissions will be accepted starting Feb. 4 with a final deadline of Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.  
Judging begins at 4 p.m. 


February 4th

Submission form will open on February 4th.


February 10th

Make sure to have your submissions in by 2 p.m. on February 10th.


February 10th

Judges will start judging at 4 p.m. on February 10th.


1. Record

  • Please have each student record and save each recitation individually.
  • Please name each file: StudentName_NameofPoem as the file name.
  • Student assets will be provided on the student dashboard to help guide students with recording.
Please note: This year’s contest is a virtual VIDEO SUBMISSION CONTEST! 

Poem Selection

All poems must be selected from the Poetry Out Loud print or online anthology, which is updated every summer. View the official POL anthology for the current school year. Only versions of poems from the official anthology may be used in the contest.

Students must provide the titles and authors of their poems and the order in which they will be recited to the coordinator. Students may not change their poems or their order once submitted. This will enable the coordinator to have poems for the accuracy judge and prompter and evaluation sheets prepared.

2. Upload and Share

  • Students will upload their videos (separately) to a file-sharing platform of their choice (Amazon, Dropbox, google drive, etc.)
  • Then share the link through the SWIC.edu Poetry Out Loud website entry form. The submission form opens on February 4th.

3. Make sure your videos follow the rules

For video submission contests, videos must not be edited, but students may record their recitations more than once and send their best recording for each recitation. 

4. Send information

Also, please send amy.brockman@swic.edu an excel file with the names of all the students who participated in the rounds of competition at your school. This year, we will be awarding a participation certificate to all who participated. The certificates will be mailed to your schools.