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2022 POL Idaho Remote Semifinal | How to Compete

How to Compete

You’ve won your school or library contest (congrats, by the way!) and now you’re on your way to compete in the remote POL Idaho State Semifinal.

The Idaho State Poetry Out Loud contest is an opportunity to engage with poetry and performance. It’s also a great résumé -builder, and the top 12 semifinalists will advance to the remote Idaho State Final in March of 2022.

Read on for details about how to register and submit your video recitations.

Questions? Contact Laura Roghaar at Laura.Roghaar@arts.idaho.gov.


1: Register Online by February 9, 2022

On or before Feb. 9, please submit this online registration form, complete with your contact information, third-person bio, and the titles of the poems you plan to recite.


2. Upload Your Headshot and Video & Audio Release Forms

As soon as possible, please upload the following items to this Google Drive folder.

  1. A signed scan of this Video & Audio Release and Attestation of Video Integrity form  (this link will download a PDF)
  2. A high resolution, headshot-style photo of yourself.

In order to upload your files to this folder, you will need to be signed in to a Google account. If you are not able to access a Google account, please email files to Laura.Roghaar@arts.idaho.gov before the deadline.


3. Prepare Two Great Recitations

Watch videos of *great* recitations by past contestants.


4. Film Your Recitations in Two Videos

Filming requirements:

  • Film with a horizontal orientation.
  • Face the camera so it captures your head to mid-torso (medium shot).
  • Each recitation should be filmed in one single shot from one static angle.
  • The sound and picture must be clear.
  • Videos cannot be edited. Do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds, or computer animation.
  • Use of professional recording studios is prohibited.
  • Each recitation requires its own separate video.

Introducing and reciting the poem:

  • It is the student’s job to identify the poem by accurately announcing both the title and the author, and, if necessary, the translator. (For example, “Brother, I’ve seen some” by Kabir, translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.)
  • A student’s own editorial comments before or after the poem are not allowed.
  • Epigraphs included with the poem in the Poetry Out Loud anthology should be recited, and their omission will affect the accuracy score.
  • Footnotes included with the poem in the Poetry Out Loud anthology should not be recited, and their inclusion will affect the accuracy score.
  • Students must include the name of the translator, if applicable.
  • The poem must be delivered from memory.

Tips for successful recitation:

  • Stand in front of a neutral background, if possible. Try to avoid wearing clothing in similar colors to the background.
  • Do not place light sources behind you to avoid being backlit.
  • Look directly into the camera, at a fixed spot, or at an imagined audience.
  • Make sure you are the only visible and audible person in the video.
  • Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to you.
  • Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording a few seconds after the end.


5. Submit Two Videos to Google Drive by 11:59 PM on February 16, 2022

  • Your two video files may be saved in .avi, .mpeg, .mp4, or .mov file formats.
  • Title each video file following this convention:
    • High School Firstname Lastname Poem #
    • Example: Idaho High Laura Roghaar Poem 1
  • To turn in your videos, drag your two video files into this folder in Google Drive.

In order to upload your videos, you will need to be signed in to a Google account. If you are not able to access a Google account, please email Laura.Roghaar@arts.idaho.gov before the deadline to arrange to submit your videos a different way.


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