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Poetry Slam | May 8-9

IG LIVE Poetry Slam Rules

What is a poetry slam?

A poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. In competition, the poets are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets’ content and performance.

Is there a fee to enter?

There is no fee to enter this competition.

Where and when will the slam take place?

This poetry slam will be held on Instagram LIVE @crush_yourpoet, May 8-9,2020 @ 7PM CST. For upcoming details follow @crush_yourpoet, @dallaspoetryslam or @statesofblack on Instagram.

Who gets to participate in Poetry Slam?

The competition is open to everyone aged 16 and up who wishes to sign up and perform. Though everyone who signs up has the opportunity to read in the first round, the lineup for subsequent rounds is determined by the scores. In other words, the audience and judges vote for which poets they want to see more work from.

What are the rules?
  • Each poem must be entirely your own original work;
  • Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  • The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
  • Memorization is not required.
  • The judges will score on a scale of 1-10. Audiences will be allowed one vote per person by text. If we have less than 100 received votes, and you are chosen as audience favorite, your score will increase by .5. If we have more than 100 votes received your score will increase by 1 point.  Audience votes will only be considered in the first round.
  • You must be clearly visible during your performance. Please be sure your room is adequately lit and free of excessive background noise. Also, please ensure you have a strong internet connection.
  • We understand that some poems may contain certain language to emphasize a point but please refrain from excessive use of profanity and hate speech threatening groups of people.
  • Every participant will be issued an ID number and a timeslot. You must call in on time or you will be disqualified. Please be sure your phone is fully charged, positioned, and ready when it’s your turn. When the host calls your number or sends you a request during the live, please respond within 15-30 seconds.
  • Your ID number will be your identifier for the audience vote.
  • Participants must join the live by phone only. No laptops or desktop computers please, as this may cause audio issues. If you wish to not hold your phone you may want to consider using a small desktop tripod.
What is the deadline to enter?

The deadline date for entries is Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 11:59 PM CST.

How will winners notified?

The round winners will be notified by email, social media, or by phone/text. All round results will be posted on the website, statesofblack.com/slam, and social media.

Do you have any winning tips?
  1. Make your poetry slam original. The written piece must be original. The story being performed for competition needs to be your own work.
  2. Pay attention to time. Each poet has 3 minutes to perform. While practicing your poem, time yourself to make sure you do not go over the time limit (poets lose points for going over 10 or more seconds!).
  3. Keep it simple and relatable. Your poem should be able to reach your audience the first time it’s heard. Read and perform it for family & friends before competing. Ask them what is clear and what is not. Choose themes and subjects that many people can relate to, like relationships, politics, religion, insecurity, family-social issues, etc. Your poem should be clear and convey a message.
  4. Perform with rhythm and passion. Your poem should have a rhythm that shows through your passionate performance. A slam poem moves the audience through different moods. How the poem is performed is at least as important as the content if not more (no pressure!).
Are you accepting donations or sponsors?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the prize pot for this competition please contact info@statesofblack.com. To make a general contribution to this or future projects, visit our “Donate” page to donate online or use cash app $statesofblack. Thank you!

UPDATE: Slam Lineup!

15 Poets compete to WIN $100 CASH!
Watch LIVE on instagram on May 8-9 @ 7PM CST on @crush_yourpoet.