DATE Saturday, February 24th
TIME Sign-Up 6:00 – 6:30  Slam 7:00 – 9:00pm
COST Free (donations welcome)
LOCATION The Foundry: Sam Bond’s Brewing 540 E 8th Ave (MAP)
AGES Competition is for Youth 14-20, everyone is invited to attend, enjoy, and support! (Please note that this event may not be appropriate for younger children, as teen poets may share material that is more mature in nature)

 Students ages 14-20, we welcome you to compete in our student poetry slam!  Please familiarize yourself with the Slam Rules below (these are the same rules used at poetry slams across the country), and contact jorah@wordcraftersineugene.org with any questions.  The slam will be judged by 5 community judges.  There will be just one round of competition, with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

WHAT IS A SLAM?

A poetry slam is a competition in which poets read or recite original work. The rules of the competition help ensure that everyone has equal time on stage, and equal opportunity to participate.  It’s important not to be intimidated by the “competitive” aspect of Slam — remember that it is just a framework for sharing your spoken word, and growing as a writer/performer.  As many poets will tell you, Slam is really about getting people interested and involved in reading, writing, performing, and enjoying poetry.  Slam audiences cheer and support every poet who is brave enough to take the stage!

HOW TO COMPETE IN THE POETRY SLAM:

  • Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 and enter your name in the slam lottery.

  • When the sign-up closes at 6:30, 20 readers will be chosen by random lottery.

  • At the beginning of the show, we will announce who has been chosen, and the reading order.

SLAM RULES:

1) ORIGINAL WORK ONLY We want to hear what you have to say. Reading the work of any other writer is not permissible.

2) NO PROPS
No musical instruments, costumes, special clothing pieces, etc. Just you, your words and a microphone. Memorization is encouraged but not necessary – you may read your work off the page (or phone, tablet, etc).

3) THREE MINUTE LIMIT Poems should be 3 minutes long, or less. You will be timed. There is a 10 second grace period, but after 3 minutes and 10 seconds, points will be deducted from your score based on the amount of time you go over the limit. Remember to time your pieces when you practice.

4) ONE POEM
Even if your poem is short, you may only read one.

5) HAVE FUN!
The point is not the points, the point is the poetry!