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Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Slam



In 2013, Elocutionists will be hosting its first spoken word competition, dubbed 'Louder Than a Bomb' (named after the Chicago Poetry Slam of the same name). The competition will consist of writers either having their work performed to their specifications by readers or representing themselves in the competition with their own recordings. There may also be the possibility of two categories to enter: a category for individual slam poets and another for groups. If you are not aware of what a poetry slam is, here is a quick definition and rundown of some basic, universal rules:

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:

:bulletblue: Each poem must be of the poet's own construction or the result of a collaboration of two or more poets.
:bulletblue: 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.
:bulletblue: The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
:bulletblue: 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:

:bulletblue: Suggest ways for us to modify the contest for deviantART
:bulletblue: Donate points to Nichrysalis or disrhythmic
:bulletblue: Join Elocutionists and find out what we're all about
:bulletblue: Submit work to our favorites folder to be read by our readers
:bulletblue: Offer to help organize and run the contest
:bulletblue: Tell us if you would like to be a judge or if you think the entire audience should judge
:bulletblue: Let us know if you would like to participate, either by recording yourself, or having someone read your work for you!

:iconslipperyhugplz: The Elocutionists team
In 2013, #Elocutionists will be hosting its first spoken word competition, dubbed 'Louder Than a Bomb.' To make this competition a reality though, we need your support!
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skippyfly Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would be cool to have both Judges and the audience choose, you should have points for audience reaction. I would love to participate!
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Writer
Are they doing it in person or what?
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Ouh this sounds amazing! I'm afraid I can't offer much =(

Would I be able to enter by having my piece read, as well as reading it/other pieces myself? :)

I think there should be judges, and an audience voting x) Maybe have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Public Votes Winner?
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Writer
Sounds cool. I'd be willing to enter or to judge, whichever is needed. I'm happy to donate points as well. I'll see what I have in terms of poems that would be good for the favorites folder.
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you're willing to help. :) It's great to see so much support for the project.
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Writer
yeah, it sounds really cool Nic. I've been meaning to get involved in this group for awhile now. btw - i had left a question last night on the group profile - i have a couple of questions about how to enter the contest. If I make a recording, do I just place the link on the piece and submit it to the Read by Members folder? Are the rules to enter the contest different?
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The contest hasn't begun yet, we are planning it for sometime in March. In the meantime, if you do a recording, then yes, you can submit it to the read by members folder. Hope this helps. :)
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Writer
That clears it up, thanks.
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
I mean "..where do I find out how often a person can submit work?" :icondownarrowplz:
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
Where do I donate points? In notes to ^NicSwaner or *disrhythmic? Or is there a donation widget somewhere?

And here do I find out how many pieces can be submitted a day/week/month?
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As long as the points reach one of us somehow, we'd be glad to have points for the competition. I'm not sure if *disrhythmic has a donation pool on her page but you can always use the 'give' option.

As far as how often you can submit work, it is 1 piece of literature a week I believe, and the information for that can be found in an earlier group journal.
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
Thanks. She doesn't have a donation pool. I'll send some your way soon.
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:iconlucy-merriman:
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm in! I have at least one slam poem, maybe a few!
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:squee:
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maxnort Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Writer
sounds a party
like making

sincerely,
Sue Port
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Writer
Perhaps we could have a follow-up thing? As in, a writing contest first, maybe based on "sound" or "music" or something related, after which we have the winners of THAT, and then a slam contest, where each participant reads out each poem per round? (Does that make sense? As in, writing contest > say 3 winners > slam poetry contest > round 1, 3rd piece, everyone reads > round 2, 2nd piece, everyone reads > round 3, 1st piece, everyone reads. And then then the audience decides which was best for each round + overall winner? .. or something like that, I don't know?)

I'd definitely support it. Dunno if I'd have the means for prizes, or if I'd participate, but supporting, yeah. :heart:
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Darn it, sorry for the yet another reply, but here is the group page: #Elocutionists
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Also, join our group! Come find out more about spoken word and how we read people's work!
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We would of course have to have the written work submitted to deviantART. But you can upload audio files to sta.sh and play them in your browser if you have an updated player, such as Quicktime, Flash(player?), Realplayer, or VLC, all of which are free. I think the default is Flash, but if you have a Windows or Linux system I'd recommend VLC and if you have an Apple computer I'd suggest Quicktime. Though I'm totally off-topic. :XD: My point is, the written work would still be seen by the literature community at large, and more importantly, would also be heard at the same time. I'm not sure that if we did them at separate times we would get as much attention for the spoken word portion of the competition, which is what we're trying to highlight, because it's our group focus.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Writer
* I'm suggesting the writing thing so the spoken works get more exposure. (: :heart: (And also, isn't it easier to judge? ...I have no idea how slam poetry works. Sorry. These are all random suggestions. :XD:)
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm, like I said in my previous reply, I'm not sure that will help the spoken works get more exposure. And having audience participation would be a huge boost for the group and for those who didn't participate in the event to get engaged on another level.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Writer
Just replying to this instead (I read the other replies) - ah, that does make more sense, I hear you on that, I didn't realise there was a group for it that focused solely on audio! (That's what I get for skimming articles - my bad, sorry!). :nod: Cheers! :heart:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional
I do love poetry aloud—if you need help of any sort, let me know. Probably can't contribute prizes, but anything else.

Would maybe a mix of normal slam judging and audience-based judging work, where the audience is a forced-counted vote? Like, judges vote 4, 6, 6, 9, audience votes 3—the count would be 15 (6+6+3).
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds doable. Is it a random score from the audience or an average (or something else)?
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional
I'd think average, but good question—random would be easier to compute.
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe the most common score from the audience?
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shebledgreenink Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think the unique power of slam poetry is in its performance aspect, meaning auditory AND visual. You lose a lot with just an audio recording; is it realistic to mandate or strongly encourage video submissions?
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Unfortunately, no. People want to protect their identities, but I understand your concern. =) Happy early birthday by the way! :party:
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds cool. I've always been a fan of slam. I'd be down to help in anyway.

I think it'd be good to have the audience judge - a voting system maybe - to form a shortlist from which assigned judges make the final call.

:thumbsup:
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Pencil-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Oooooh, I would LOVE to participate. (Slam poetry is my thing! In Speech and Debate tournaments, I go with the next best thing--OI).
I'd also love to help, if you're willing to give me a job.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Writer
This sounds like so much fun! I think it'd be neat if the audience was able to judge. :)
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CaptivationRequired Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
Have a few separate categories. I like your group slam and your individual slam but open it up to other artists like actors or voice actors to volunteer or submit reels to participate and read for writers.

I think it should be an audience judge and then have judges narrow it down to your winners.

I would love to participate and will look into submitting <3
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
:squee:

Re: judging, I'm all for a popular vote. Maybe in 'heats', y'know? (Probably the wrong terminology, but there y' go.)
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vespera Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
(my newer laptop is having issues and I'm still living w/o a mic - old one doesn't have a mic.... - so I'm not sure when I'll be able to do readings for these - but I'll try to blog this in the other groups I admin!)
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We may be looking at March for when we hold this, so that may give you a little time to sort things out. Thanks for spreading the word too! =)
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vespera Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:) I should have my new laptop reformatted by then (I have to track down a copy of windows, since my laptop did not come with a hard copy - lame lame lame - I have corrupted file)
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's great!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Writer
Support given! I'll do whatever needs done :D
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Wordeea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wheeeee ! i"d love to participate and or help - that will be in the new year, correct ?
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, 2013, we're looking at March at the moment.
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:iconwordeea:
Wordeea Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent ! Would love to help and participate
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
=D
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