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The Poetry Room Summer Slam III

The Poetry Room presents: Summer Slam III! This live poetry competition is an exciting event that brings together poets from all over to celebrate the power of spoken word. 6:30 doors, 7:30 show. More info below!

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The Poetry Room Summer Slam III
The Poetry Room Summer Slam III

Time & Location

Aug 19, 2023, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Lansing, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910, USA

About The Event

Doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7:30.

Get ready to slam and compete!  Hosted by nationally ranked poet, Native Child Brown.

First Place Prize: $500  Second Place Prize: $100

First place winner will also be qualified to join The CW slam team.

We will have 12 registered spots.  Sales for these go live on July 8th at Midnight

$25 poet registration


To register as an audience member, please use link below.

The  Poetry Room Summer Slam 3 is an exciting event that brings together  poets from all over to celebrate the power of spoken word. This slam has  adapted rules from national and regional poetry slam competitions like  Poetry Slam, Inc, WOWPS, Austin Slam Inc, and Cincinnati Slam, in order  to promote slam culture continuity. The rules for this event are as  follows:

Original Work

Poets  are generally expected to perform their own original work. Plagiarism  or performing someone else's poem without permission is not allowed and  can lead to disqualification. You may sample another poem or song in  your writing or include an epigraph with credit to the original author.  No more than 15 seconds of your poem may consist of this sampling and  again, it should be credited.


The  poet cannot verbally reference an item while pointing to it, picking it  up, or holding it. If so, the item is considered a prop. Ex. It is  acceptable to read a poem from a phone. However if the phone is  referenced while being held, the phone is then considered a prop. An  item used in a performance that other poets also have access to (mic  stand, stage) will not be considered a prop. Items that are permanently  attached to the poet (hair, tattoos, etc.) or items that aid the poet’s  ability (glasses, cane, wheelchair) are considered extensions of the  poet and will not be considered a prop.

Accidental Props

The  rule concerning props is not intended to squelch the spontaneity,  unpredictability, or on-the-fly choreography that people love about the  slam; its intent is to keep the focus on the words rather than objects.  Teams or individuals who inadvertently use a prop (for example, a timely  yet unwitting grab at a necklace) can be immediately penalized two  points if the bout manager deems the effect of the violation to have  been appreciable, but sufficiently lacking in specific intent. ​ 

Intentional Props

Teams  or individuals whose use of props in a poem appears to be more  calculating and the result of a specific intent to enhance, illustrate,  underscore, or otherwise augment the words of the poem will be  disqualified from the slam determined by the bout manager.

No Music

No musical instruments or pre-recorded music. You may use music created with your own body. ​ 

No Costumes

If  you wear something all day, and it is a part of your regular wardrobe,  you can wear it when performing your poem. Be careful… if you direct  attention to the article of clothing it will become a prop, and will be  breaking the prop rule and cause for disqualification determined by the  bout manager. Thus, you can’t change into a special outfit for a  specific poem.

Complaints and Challenges

All  complaints concerning possible breaking of the rules or challenges  concerning performance time (kept by a timekeeper) and/or total score  (kept by a scorekeeper) should be directed to the bout manager, who will  be clearly identified, immediately after the round in which one has a  discrepancy. No complaint or challenge will be considered after the slam  has ended. ​ Bout 

Draw and Elimination Round

A poet arriving  later than the bout draw will be assigned the one. If more than one  poet arrives late to the bout draw, then they will be assigned the  earliest slots based on their arrival time or random draw.

There  will be three rounds, 12 poets, 4 poets will be eliminated in each  round, with the top 4 remaining competing for prizes. Each round will  consist of a random bout draw, and is scored individually, in other  words a clean slate for each round. Accumulative score is considered  only in the case of a tie in the 3rd round.


Performances  will be timed by a timekeeper. The time begins when the performance  begins, which may well be before the first utterance is made. Each  performance must remain within the allotted time frame designated for  each round. There will be a 10-second grace period for each round. There  will be a half point time deduction for every 10 seconds the poet goes  over time.

Time Penalty Deductions: 3:10 and under - no penalty 3:10.01 – 3:20 - 0.5 3:20.01 – 3:30 - 1.0 3:30.01 – 3:40 - 1.5 3:40.01 – 3:50 - 2.0 and so on [-0.5 for every 10 seconds over 3:10]

Judges and Scoring

Competitions  are judged by a panel of 5 judges, often randomly or pre-selected prior  to the start of the competition. Judges typically score poets based on  criteria such as content, performance, and audience response. The  judging process may vary, but scores are commonly given on a scale of 0  to 10, with decimals allowed. Of the scores the poet received from the  five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three  are added together, giving the poet a total of 0-30

Rule Violation & Protest

Bout  staff and competing poets are allowed to call a rule violation during a  bout. If the bout manager sees fit, they may resolve the issue on site.  If a poet does not approve of a final score, they may stage a protest. A  poet in protest must be able to point to a specific rule that was  violated and should refrain from signing the score sheet until the issue  is resolved. The chart below denotes demerits regarding violations.

Props - Subtraction of 2 points from total score

Sampling - Subtraction of 5 points from total score

Costumes - Subtraction of 2 points from total score

Fairness and Respect

Poetry  Slam competitions emphasize fair and respectful conduct. Poets are  expected to be supportive of other participants and respect the judges'  decisions. Disruptive behavior or disrespect towards fellow poets,  judges, or the audience can result in penalties or disqualification.

Please Note:

These  rules will help to ensure that The Poetry Room Summer Slam 3 is an  enjoyable event for all participants and spectators. By following these  rules, poets are able to share their work in an environment that is  respectful and supportive of all voices. It's important to note that  these rules are general guidelines, and specific competitions may have  additional or modified rules. If you plan to participate in a Poetry  Slam competition, it's recommended to familiarize yourself with the  specific rules and guidelines provided by the event organizers.


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