Poetry Slam 2019
A Poetry Slam is a competitive verbal battle in which two or more poets individually speak their thoughts on stage to a listening audience, five of whom will judge their work based on originality, content, and presentation. Subject matter varies from deep-thought-provoking to humorous, from strident to soft whispers, from religious to…whatever; there is no censorship. It must be your own work; no reciting someone else’s poetry! Also, a Living Arts Poetry Slam is DIFFERENT from other slams because, you CAN USE PROPS, which are normally forbidden in slams.
There will be five judges chosen at random from the audience, as long as they have no more than a casual connection to any of the participants; all participants will have a chance to observe and approve the judges. Judges will score each poem on a scale of 1-10, decimals included (ex. 9.1). The highest and lowest scores will be dropped, making 30 the highest possible score, which means all tens. There is a three (3) minute time limit for each poem, with a ten (10) second grace period. Anything over the 10 second grace period will result in a 0.5 deduction from your total score for each 10 second time period beyond the limit.
There will be three rounds. The first round all participants take their turn at the mic. After judging and totaling of scores, the top 8 scoring poets will advance to the second round. Poets will keep their scores from the first round and have them added to their second-round scores. 2nd round numbers are again drawn for order. The top 4 cumulative scorers will advance to the final round, where everyone starts anew and the highest scores for the final round determine the first, second and third place winners.