Slam Poetry Rules
- Poems must be original work that was composed by the speaker. You may repeat poems at subsequent slams, though we encourage you to write often and present fresh material.
- Two-poem requirement; a different poem for each round.
- No costumes (a costume is anything you wouldn’t normally wear), props (is considered something you bring on stage that could be seen to enhance your performance) or instruments (you can beat box, sing, slap your legs or chest but you can’t us a guitar or harmonica or kazoo, for example).
- No nudity
- No group performances unless we call for a group-theme slam.
- Sign-up is first-come-first-serve, however, if you’ve performed before you will be added to a waiting list and will be included in the evening’s slam if there are no new slammers. Sign-up occurs between 7 and 8 the evening of the slam.
- In the event of a tie, the slam master will devise a tie-breaking lightning round where poets will have to perform on the spot. (ie: freestyle compliment battle, haiku off).
Rules for Judges:
- Judges chosen will have the least amount of connection with the poets competing that evening.
- Judges must consider all criteria laid out on the score cards.
- All judges must simultaneously present their scores.
Rules for all those in attendance:
- Discriminatory language is not accepted. Any one who makes offensive comments based on ethnicity, sex and gender, or sexual orientation will be asked to leave immediately.
- Talking / carrying on a loud conversation during a poets piece may prompt a slam master to ask you to leave