Slam Descriptions

Open Slam #1-4

This slam is open to all poets interested in competing for spots on our Grand Slam stage.

Competing poets are responsible for 3 3-minute poems. We give a 10 second grace period for each round. If a poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and the low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30. Poets may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.

1st place winner will receive 3 points towards semi-finals, 2nd place will receive 2 points towards semi-finals, and 3rd place will receive 1 point towards semi-finals. 

Semi-Finals

This slam is closed. We will be taking 8 poets with the highest amount of points from Open Slams #1-4.

Competing poets are responsible for 3 3-minute poems. We give a 10 second grace period for each round. If a poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and the low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30. Poets may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.

Top 2 scoring poets qualify for the Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam in April 2017. 

Women of the World Poetry Slam Qualifier

This slam is open to poets who live their lives as women and gender non-conforming individuals.

Competing poets are responsible for a 4-minute, a 1-minute, and a 2-minute poem (rounds will be in that order). We give a 10 second grace period for each round. If a poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and the low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30. Poets may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.

Top 2 scoring poets qualify for the Seattle Poetry Slam’s Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals on 1/3/17 to compete to represent Seattle Poetry Slam at March 15-18 in Dallas, TX.

Individual World Poetry Slam Qualifier

Competing poets are responsible for a 4-minute, a 1-minute, and a 2-minute poem (rounds will be in that order). We give a 10 second grace period for each round. If a poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and the low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30. Poets may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.

Top 2 scoring poets qualify for the Seattle Poetry Slam’s Individual World Poetry Slam Finals.

New Sh*t Slam

Competing poets are required to perform a brand new piece every round in this slam. New pieces must never have been performed before anywhere! So let’s start the year off right with New $*** !!! If it’s been performed before, we’ll find out (thanks Internet!) and a poet in violation of the rule will be automatically disqualified. 🙁 Three rounds, no props, costumes and  no musical accompaniment are allowed, 3-minute time limits with a ten-second grace period, 1st place winner gets $20.