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The Inspired Word's 2014 NYC Poetry Slam - Get in the Running for $1000!

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word

Monthly Event - Third Saturday of every month: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

New York, NY

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LAST CHANCE to get in the running for $1000 in year-end prize money!

The Inspired Word's 2014 Slam Master Jam poetry slam qualifier @ Funkadelic Studios.


Saturday, Nov. 15

The championship will be held Saturday, Dec. 6.


This is an OPEN COMPETITION for the 1st 25 poets who either sign up at the door or pay in advance via this link.

The winners of the 8 qualifiers will be eligible to face off in the championship finals on Saturday, Dec. 6 for $1000 in total prize money:

1st place - $500

2nd place - $200

3rd place - $100

4th place - $75

5th place - $50

6th place - $25

7th place - $25

8th place - $25

Time limit escalates from 3 minutes in the first round to 4 minutes in the last two rounds.


When: EVERY 3rd Saturday

Where: Funkadelic Studios (inside gold Chinatex Building)

209 West 40th Street (near the corner of 7th Avenue), 5th floor

Manhattan, New York


By subway, take the A/E/C/B/D/F/M/R/Q/N/1/2/3 to 42nd Street. 

Time: Sign-up for the slam starts @ 7pm, slam starts 7:30pm.

Cover Charge: $10

You can pay online (to gurantee a slot) or at the door. 



25 slots, three rounds:

First round - 25 (3-minute time limit)

Second round - Top 4 (4-minute time limit)

Third round - Top 2 (4-minute time limit)

Guidelines: strict time limit each round (though there's a ten-second grace period; if the person goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score), must be original work, must be a different piece each round (so MAKE SURE you bring THREE pieces).


Of the scores the person receives from five judges, the high and low scores will be dropped and the middle three get added together, giving the person a total score of 0-30. The highest scores in each round advance.


Produced by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word


For almost 20 years, Funkadelic Studios NYC has been the place for all types and levels of musicians to jam and practice their art. The New York rehearsal space has seen it all, from a band’s first practice, to major label acts preparing for a European tour!  Indie-folk, jazz, hip hop, rock, blues, country, electro, you name the genre, it’s been practiced at Funkadelic.

Have questions about The Inspired Word's 2014 NYC Poetry Slam - Get in the Running for $1000!? Contact Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word


Funkadelic Studios
209 West 40th Street
(near the corner of 7th Avenue), 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018


Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word

Founded and produced by longtime New York City journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word is one of the hottest open mic/performance events in the country, happening every week in NYC and having featured some of the finest original performers in the country. Past features include Golden Globe award-winning actress Jill Eikenberry, Emmy/Golden Globe nominated Amber Tamblyn, film/TV actor/comedian Taylor Negron, actor/comedian/TV personality John Fugelsang, Grammy nominated singer Carolyn Malachi, American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson, and HBO Def Poetry stars Shihan, Suheir Hammad, Lemon Andersen, Regie Cabico, Gemineye, and Beau Sia. For more info, please visit:

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