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2100 Silas Creek Pkwy

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This event is open to ALL High school students in Winston-Salem Forsyth County and the General Public.

Please print and bring your tickets to the event entrance.


Slam Rules are as follows:

  • Each participant must register
  • All of the work used in the Slam must be original writing by the individuals slamming. Individuals that plagiarize will be disqualified. Plagiarism, as defined by Miriam-Webster, is to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use (another's production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
  • The Slam is about the poet(s) and the mic(s). Props may not be used in the Slam. Props are defined as any non-body piece of equipment. Musical accompaniment (excluding mouth/body percussion) may not be used in the Slam. No shirts, shoes, ect may be used to accent poem during performance.
  • Each individual poem must be under three minutes in length. We will have a 30 second grace period, after which significant time penalties will incur.
  • If individuals go over the time limits, their scores will be penalized .5 for each 10 seconds beyond 3:30 minutes, starting at 3 minutes 30 seconds. (e.g. up to 3:30 – no penalty; 3:31 to 3:40 - .5 point penalty; 3:41 to 3:50 – 1 point penalty, etc.)
  • There is no censorship whatsoever, but gratuitous use of profanity could work against you when it comes to scoring. It is recommended that poets regulate themselves and try to avoid excessive violence, sexually explicit content and/or language that is degrading to any group of people. Please, do it for the love.
  • Each poet will need at least 3 poems (5 would preferable)
  • The Slam will be judged by a mixed panel of poets, adults, and young people. Many judges will be pre-selected, and some will come from the audience. We will shoot for diversity in the judging panel.
  • Bouts will be drawn randomly. Each bout will consist of 12-15 competing poets.
  • Bout order is drawn before the start of the bout. (if you are late for the bout draw, you will have to go first)
  • 12-15 poets in 1st round, 8 in 2nd round and 4 in 3rd round ( poets will be dropped each round according to score)
  • The poet with the highest scores will go first, poets that follow will be in descending order each round
  • Every poet in the bout must be physically present and checked in with the host at least 15 minutes before their bout begins.
  • In the event that there is a tie , all five scores for the final poem will be added to break the tie.
  • In the event a poet wants to lodge a protest against another poet for an infraction of any of the rules, it is the responsibility of the protesting poet to contact a slam organizer prior to the conclusion of the bout. We only encourage this if you really mean it. We will schedule a protest meeting if need be. Remember, it’s about the poetry not the points that count.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • We encourage you to become intimately familiar with the poems you will compete with. Memorization is not required, but you do want to really bust your piece. Rehearse! Know your poem.
  • Judges will be given criteria for judging on both writing and performance quality, and will serve more as encouragers of young writers than judges. This will be as standardized as possible, but like each of us, judges come with their own biases for and against certain topics and styles. Remember, the standard is yourself. Be your own best “judge.”
  • Judges will be seated together at a table in front of the stage
  • Take responsibility for your words. We’re offering you packed stages. Be smart.
  • Be respectful of yourself, the youth writing community and the group you represent.
  • Have fun in this process. If you don’t get high scores, so what. It says nothing about your abilities and potential as a writer, thinker, and cultural leader.

The Poetry Project utilizes the slam competition as a way to increase the number of youth interested in the spoken word art form and its connection to creative writing and literacy. Workshops as well as the development of poetry clubs and monthly poetic events are also available so that is event acts as a catalyst for sustainability and consistency versus a onetime event. Showing young people the power of their voice through spoken word poetry is only the beginning. We are able to inspire, teach and connect with students by correlating literary techniques and core classroom curriculums with personal expression, character education and the building of self-esteem. In addition to being an outlet for expression, creativity and a tool for literacy, this project utilizes several Century 21 Interdisciplinary Themes such as Global Awareness, Thinking Creatively, Working Creatively with Others, Effective Reasoning, Problem Solving and Collaboration. Youth Voice and service learning also come into play as students see how the power of their voices and ideas can shape and mold the community around them as well as empower their peers. Students learned how this art form can be used for positive change in their communities to address problems, formulate solutions, battle peer pressure and expand the message of tolerance and diversity.


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