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If you cannot participate for the awesome prize pool, see the bottom of this journal for a possible reward.

A few days ago Elocutionists received a huge helping of prize donations for an unnamed contest the likes and scale of which have never been seen on deviantART before. What is it, you ask?


It's a slam. A poetry slam. And it's Louder Than dA Bomb.



A poetry slam is a "no holds barred" spoken word competition. Poets are encouraged to alliterate, rhyme, shout, whisper, zing, compliment, parody, satirize, improvise, recite, quote, play with words and even sing if the opportunity arises.

For the longest time the Elocutionists team have wanted to hear the roaring voice of literature, and this month we don't want to hear just any spoken word for a chance at prizes— NO! We want to listen to a writer's passion, emotion, and drive to keep being who they are; their inspiration to keep writing as they will and we want to hear you question and define yourself; who you are; why you are; to what you are. We want you to slam the conventional rules of writing and go all out to evoke a feeling of understanding of who you are to others in your poem.

Our poetry slam, dubbed 'Louder Than dA Bomb', will be held during the month of May. No days fewer. No days more than that. You will have until May 31st 11:59 PM UTC to compose and record a slam poem.


Record? What do you mean record?



It means find the nearest source of equipment that will record your voice, be it a phone, video camera or a mic and start practicing— those prizes aren't going to earn themselves. As the two videos show below, slam poetry is more than just writing a poem. It's about crafting a performance.





While we'd prefer the entries to not have visuals and be audio only, we understand the disservice this does to the overall performance. Therefore, video entries are allowed on the basis that the poet records themself and only themselves performing their poem. We will not accept picture slideshows or anything else of the sort. Video submissions will still be scored as if they were audio only, however, to be fair to all participants. All entries must be between 1-3 minutes long. Please do not add music or any other sound effects besides what you can vocalize. No props or costumes will be tolerated on video entries.


Do I just write about anything?



No. There is a theme for this slam. I was quite serious when I said we'd like you to define 'who you are.' But we don't want to hear what you look like or what your favorite band is. We want to hear you express yourself on a level that adds a whole new dimension to your deviantART personality.

The theme is

Self-Identity




I like the theme! But I have no idea where to start?



Don't worry. The Elocutionists team will be giving their all to help anybody who needs it. Send a note to the group from our home page if you are unclear about any parts of the contest.

We'll be hosting a workshop chat event in our chatroom: #SpeakTheWords on the 18th free for anybody to attend. The focus of the event (held twice at two different times) will be to answer any questions about the contest or creating and performing a piece of slam poetry. There will also be opportunities for critique and feedback from Elocutionists readers. More information will be announced at a later date through Elocutionists and CRLiterature.


But how do I get the audio onto deviantART?



You don't. Currently deviantART doesn't really support audio files, so files will need to be hosted offsite at places like soundcloud.com or blogs that support audio players. Once you have done this, link the audio in the writer's comments of your literature deviation (you will need to submit the text of your slam poem to deviantART and to the Elocutionists' Louder Than dA Bomb gallery folder, which will be open shortly).


Rules



:bulletblue: Entries must follow the theme of Self-Identity and must be work written for this contest.
:bulletblue: Entries must be literature deviations containing the text of the slam poem with a link to where the audio can be heard.
:bulletblue: The performance of the slam poem must be between 1-3 minutes. If it is longer or shorter we will ask you to modify the poem.
:bulletblue: Video submissions are accepted (via a link to youtube in the writer's comments of the literature deviation) provided that the video shows the poet performing their piece.
:bulletblue: No music, props, costumes on any audio or video entries. While singing is allowed, it's allowed only in moderation and to illustrate points. We will not tolerate entirely sung pieces.
:bulletblue: Prize donors are allowed to enter the poetry slam as well.
:bulletblue: Entries must follow deviantART's rules for submitting literature.


How Judging Works



Judging will take place after the month of May has ended. Judging takes into account content, diction, but not how the poem is read on paper; rather, how the poem is performed. This means that even the most wonderful poem submitted can have an overall score that will suffer greatly if the poet rushes recording themselves and puts out a poor performance. It's important to take your time and practice your performance before submitting to the contest. Don't forget we will be hosting a chat event during May for the contest that will include feedback and critique!

Slam poetry has no set rubric for judging other than  a scale of 0-10. Judges are encouraged to give out the first and highest score they think of upon hearing the performance. Because of the lack of a rubric, judging works by dropping the lowest and highest scores and adding the three middle scores with the highest possible score being a 30. If someone scored the following:

8.9, 9.0, 9.2, 9.5, 10


then their score would look like this:

8.9, 9.0, 9.2, 9.5, 10


for a total of:

27.7


In the event of a tie for anybody who places, we will reach out to our volunteer judges to score the pieces.


Prizes



1st Place



:bulletwhite: 4500 points from Nichrysalis, DannyAnthony, Angelles-LaVeau, homunculus888, lombregrise, TheBrokenBride, SoulxMonkey, and xlntwtch

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, AzizrianDaoXrak, and TheBrokenBride

:bulletwhite: a critique from HuntingForHappiness, SourAir, jskullly, imaginative-lioness, and neurotype

:bulletwhite: Choice between an ebook copy of either of juniorel's novels: TITAN MAGIC juniorel.deviantart.com/galler… or CHEMISTRY juniorel.deviantart.com/galler…

:bulletwhite: Ebook copy of In the Shadow of the Mountains: A Book of Lost Knowledge by QuiEstInLiteris quiestinliteris.com/lost-knowl…

:bulletwhite: Shane Koyczan's spoken word album Remembrance Year courtesy of Lucy-Merriman

:bulletwhite: Any number of ebooks through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $20 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis


2nd Place



:bulletwhite: 2900 points from Nichrysalis, :devDannyAnthony,  Angelles-LaVeau, Beccalicious, lombregrise, xlntwtch, homunculus888, and riparii

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, lombregrise, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, AzizrianDaoXrak, and TheBrokenBride

:bulletwhite: a critique from HuntingForHappiness, SourAir, imaginative-lioness, and jskullly

:bulletwhite: Choice between an ebook copy of either of juniorel's novels: TITAN MAGIC juniorel.deviantart.com/galler… or CHEMISTRY juniorel.deviantart.com/galler…

:bulletwhite: Ebook copy of In the Shadow of the Mountains: A Book of Lost Knowledge by QuiEstInLiteris quiestinliteris.com/lost-knowl…

:bulletwhite: Andrea Gibson's spoken word album Yellow Bird courtesy of Lucy-Merriman

:bulletwhite: Up to 2 ebooks through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $15 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis


3rd Place


:bulletwhite: 1600 points from Nichrysalis, DannyAnthony, Angelles-LaVeau, lombregrise, and xlntwtch

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, lombregrise, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, AzizrianDaoXrak, and TheBrokenBride

:bulletwhite: a critique from HuntingForHappiness, SourAir, imaginative-lioness,  and jskullly

:bulletwhite: Choice between an ebook copy of either of juniorel's novels: TITAN MAGIC juniorel.deviantart.com/galler… or CHEMISTRY juniorel.deviantart.com/galler…

:bulletwhite: Ebook copy of In the Shadow of the Mountains: A Book of Lost Knowledge by QuiEstInLiteris quiestinliteris.com/lost-knowl…

:bulletwhite: Saul Williams' spoken word and music album Volcanic Sunlight courtesy of Lucy-Merriman

:bulletwhite: Up to 2 ebooks through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $15 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis


Honorable Mentions (2)



:bulletwhite: 150 points from homunculus888 and Angelles-LaVeau

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, lombregrise, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, and AzizrianDaoXrak

:bulletwhite: a critique from imaginative-lioness

:bulletwhite: 1 ebook through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $5 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis




To further celebrate this event we will be giving away a 3 month sub to someone (or a person of their choice) to anybody who comments below answering the following questions.


Who are you to people around you?
Who are you to yourself?



The best of luck to everybody who enters!
The Elocutionists team.

A poetry slam is a "no holds barred" spoken word competition. Poets are encouraged to alliterate, rhyme, shout, whisper, zing, compliment, parody, satirize, improvise, recite, quote, play with words and even sing if the opportunity arises. The slam is open for the month of May and judging will commence in June. Don't rush your piece!
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:iconperfling:
Perfling Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you know when the results will be out? :D
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Soon. Hopefully within the week. I'm a bit disorganized at the moment. :)
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Perfling Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
It's fine :) Was just curious!
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SpyderZT Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow... I love this idea... and I have absolutely 'No Idea' where to take it... yet. ;P As to the questions:

Who are you to people around you?
That depends on 'where' I am. In some circles I am Spyder Z, the Enforcer, Gamer, Manager, and Friendly Enough Guy. In others I am Matt, the Assistant, the Volunteer, the Reader, and the Quiet Guy. In still others I am a smiling, friendly face... names be darned. So it's very fluid.

Who are you to yourself?
I don't know. My stand by quote in this situation is "I am What and Who I am". This is a question I've been asking myself increasingly more as of late... (Which is why the idea of this competition excites me so. ;P)
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skippyfly Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To those around me I am the mother hen who tends to stay the fly on the wall.

The Biggest fan I have is me, I love to read my poetry.
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Lewanut Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
To those around me, I'm the mystery they don't understand. To myself, I'm the mystery I don't understand.
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Writer
Oooooh! This is going to be fun to watch. I'm excited! I'll see if I can donate prizes, if you're still taking them. :D
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd be glad to still take prizes, but we have quite the prize pool as it is. :)
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Writer
Is that a yes or a no? :giggle:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's an "if you can at the moment." =P If you truly want to I won't stop you. :D
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