A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Everyone who signs up has the opportunity to read in the first round; the lineup for subsequent rounds is determined by the judges' scores. Though rules vary from slam to slam, the basic rules are:
Each poem must be of the poet's own construction or the result of a collaboration of two or more poets.
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;
Of the scores the poet received from five selected judges (0-10), the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together.
We will, of course, be modifying these rules as needed so as to make a more enjoyable experience for everyone. To make this competition a reality though, we need your support!
How can I help?
There are a lot of ways to help! You can:
Suggest ways for us to modify the contest for deviantART
Donate points to Nichrysalis or disrhythmic
Join Elocutionists and find out what we're all about
Submit work to our favorites folder to be read by our readers
Offer to help organize and run the contest
Tell us if you would like to be a judge or if you think the entire audience should judge
Let us know if you would like to participate, either by recording yourself, or having someone read your work for you!
The Elocutionists team