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2019-20 UIL Poetry Categories

Poetry Category A Restrictions

Material chosen for use in Category A of Poetry Interpretation shall meet the following restrictions: 

(A) One to six poems may be used.
(B) If performing a single selection, the source shall be published, printed material; internet material shall be published concurrently in hard copy.
(C) If multiple selections are used, one selection may be unpublished.
(D) Selections from plays or screenplays, movies, and monologues shall not be used.
(E) Song lyrics published only as music may be used, but for transition purposes only.
(F) No contestant shall use the same poet in more than one category in the contest.
(G) No contestant shall use selections from the same literary work more than one year at UIL State Meet.
(H) Selections shall be read in the English translation; however, incidental use of foreign language words and phrases in any selection may be used as in the original.

 

Category A: This Is Me

The goal of this category is to examine the performer’s ancestry, origin, heritage, and/or dreams and aspirations. The performer should explore their own personal background and/or what their future may hold.

In this category, the contestant may read one single poem, an excerpt of a poem or poems, or may create a program containing no more than six literary works. If a program is used, one poem from an unpublished source is allowed to be included in the program. The majority of the performance must be published poetry. The intent of this category is not to encourage an entirely originally-authored program.

Unless published as poetry, song lyrics may be used only as transitions, and if transitions are sung, the singing should be limited in scope.  For this category, co-authored and anonymous works are permissible. The poet(s) used in this category shall not be used in Category B of poetry.

The introduction and/or transitions shall include all titles and poets read and should connect the literature to the goal of the category.  If the program is woven, it shall be stated in the introduction, and the different poems should be distinguishable through interpretation. If song lyrics are used as transitions, it shall be stated in the introduction.

Documentation Requirements

  1. If performing a single literary work, it shall be published printed material.
  2. If performing a program, all selections shall be published, printed material with the exception that one selection may be   unpublished.
  3. The contestant shall prepare and provide for the contest director and each judge a hard copy of the UIL Poetry A Documentation online form.
  4. The contestant shall provide proof the selection(s) are published. Examples of acceptable proof of published include:
    • the original published source
    • a photocopy of the copyright of the original source
    • online printout of Library of Congress cataloguing information
    • If a poem is drawn from a literary collection, the contestant shall supply the original source or a photocopy of the table of contents that designates the title of the book and proof the poem is included in that book, such as a photocopy of the first page of the poem
    • A printout from an online source proving the poem is included in the published collection. Printouts of online documentation shall include the URL of the website downloaded in the header or footer
  5. Examples of unacceptable forms of formal documentation include:
    • Social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr)
    • Copying and pasting into a word processing document

See the UIL Prose and Poetry Handbook and the official UIL website for expanded, detailed information about acceptable and unacceptable documentation.

Students are urged, but not mandated, to take to the contest site the original published source of the selection.

 

Poetry Category B Restrictions

Material chosen for use in Category B of Poetry Interpretation shall meet the following restrictions: 

(A) One to six poems may be used.
(B) All poetic works may be published, printed material, internet material or transcribed material.
(C) No contestant shall use the same poets in more than one category in the contest.
(D) Anonymous works shall not be used.
(E) Song lyrics published only as music shall not be used.
(F) No contestant shall use selections from the same literary work more than one year at UIL State Meet. 
(G) Selections shall be read in the English translation; however, incidental use of foreign language words and phrases in any selection may be used as in the original.

 

Category B: This Speaks to Me

The goal of this category is to select poetry that speaks to the performer. This category is reader’s choice.

In this category, the contestant may read a single poem, an excerpt of a poem or may create a program containing no more than six poems. For this category, poetry may include traditional and contemporary poetry and novels-in-verse. Co-authored poems are permissible. Anonymous works are prohibited. The poet(s) used in this category shall not be used in Category A of poetry. 

The introduction and/or transitions shall include all titles and poets read and should relate to the audience why the poetry was chosen. If the program is woven, it shall be stated in the introduction, and the different poems should be distinguishable through interpretation.

Documentation Requirements

  1. All poems may be published, printed material, online material or transcribed material.  
  2. The contestant shall prepare and provide for the contest director and each judge a hard copy of the UIL Poetry B Documentation online form.
  3. No proof of publication for Category B is required. 

See the UIL Prose and Poetry Handbook and the official UIL website for expanded, detailed information about acceptable and unacceptable documentation.

Students are urged, but not mandated, to take to the contest site the original source of each published selection.