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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!
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:
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.
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.
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 musical instruments or pre-recorded music. You may use music created with your own body.
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.
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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