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Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:42:22 PM »
Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
Every Sunday Evening (Sign up 7:30, 2nd Sunday of the month is a youth slam)
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St
Denver, CO 80205

This version contains all revised dates for selection slams

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Re: Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2015, 02:44:37 PM »
2014-2015 Slam Season Structure (Revised)

            Welcome to the 2014-2015 Mercury Cafe Slam season!! We have decided to keep the point-qualification slam structure of last season, with some minor modifications.  These systems are designed to make sure that those chosen to represent us at NPS, iWPS, and WoWPS are people who have been regular attendees of the slam and who have been active members of our community.
 
Slam Format:  Standard slam will contain 8 slammers in 3 rounds to the discretion of the host, slam list can be extended to up to 10 poets (time permitting).  The slams will consist of a clean slate given at the end of each round.  At the end of the 1st round, the four lowest scoring poets will be cut from the slam (or however many poets need to be cut to have a total of 4 poets in the second round for an 8 person slam—this may be extended to 5 for a slam with larger numbers).  At the end of the 2nd round, the lowest scoring poets (based on second round scores) will be eliminated, leaving only 2 poets in the 3rd round.  At the end of the 3rd round, the poet with the highest third round score is the winner of the slam and $25.  (The host will have discretion about how to handle ties in any given round.)
 
The order of the first round will be chosen by a random draw.  The remaining 2 rounds will be low to high, with the high scoring poet designating their chosen position in the round.
 
Slam Team Qualification:
 
September 14, 2014 - March 22, 2015 will constitute the “Team Slam Season,” meaning the season during which individuals will work towards qualifying for the Team Slam-Off on March 29, 2014, during which the 2014 Denver Mercury Slam Team will be chosen.  Qualifying for the Team Slam-Off will involve a point system.  The points system will work as follows:
 
-Competing in a poetry slam: 1 point
-Advancing to the second round of a poetry slam:  2 points
-Advancing to the third round of a poetry slam:  3 points
-Advancing to a 4th round tiebreaker: 4 points
-Winning a poetry slam:  5 points
-“Special Slams” will be scored as normal slams.


OPEN MIC/VOLUNTEER POINTS: Please note that volunteer points are capped at 6 points total for the season, and 3 points per any category. 
-Being a sacrificial poet:  1 point (a maximum of 3 points can be earned this way)
-Being the Voice of God (timekeeper/scorekeeper):  1 point (a maximum of 3 points can be earned this way)
-Hosting the slam or open mic: 1 point (a maximum of 3 points may be earned this way)
-Reading on the open mic:  1 point (a maximum of 3 points can be earned this way)

**YOUTH SLAMS:  Individuals who read in the open mic and/or volunteer for youth slams will be awarded the standard points for their involvement, HOWEVER—individuals who slam in the youth slam will NOT be awarded slam points.  This rule is intended to prevent interference with Minor Disturbance qualification, while still wanting to encourage community involvement and support of the youth slam.  Youth slams are held the 2nd Sunday of every month.
 
Anyone who has accumulated 10 points by the Team Slam-Off on March 29, 2014 will be able to compete in the Team Slam-Off in addition to individual(s) who have qualified by way of the last chance slam.
 
The Last Chance Slam, which will be held on March 22nd, will have a standard sign up.  The Last Chance Slam will guarantee at least one poet’s entry into the slam off (the winner) and potentially (up to) 4 poets with the highest scores (to the discretion of the slammaster and to be determined prior to the last chance slam).  This will allow poets to compete in the slam-off without earning 10 points, HOWEVER, we will strongly request that poets who enter team selection in this manner earn volunteer points for the next slam season.  Poets competing in the Last Chance slam will also earn points toward their 10 point goal.  (ie. If you need 1 point, participation in this slam will complete your requirement.
 
Team Slam-Off:
 
The Team Slam-Off will be held on March 29 and will be made up of all the poets who have a season total of 10 or more points OR poet(s) who have qualified by way of the last chance slam.  This slam will consist of 3 rounds with the winners chosen by cumulative scores, and no poets will be cut between the rounds.  The top 5 scorers will make up the 2014 Denver Mercury Poetry Slam Team.  The 6th highest scorer will be the team’s alternate.  Should any poets chose not to accept their spot on the team after the team has been chosen, their spot will fall to the next highest scorer from the Team Slam-Off.
 
WoWPS Qualification and Slam-Off:
 
WoWPS Qualification will be held concurrent with the Team Slam Season.  Any poet currently living her life as a woman, being 18 years of age at the time of WoWPs and who has at least 7 points by the date of the WoWPS Slam-Off on December 28th 2014, or by way of the Last chance slam.  The winner will be able to compete in the WoWPS Slam-Off.  We will hold a WoWPs Last Chance slam on December 21, 2014.  The last chance slam will be a true last chance slam, but poets will be strongly encouraged to earn volunteer points following the WoWPs rep selection if they have not already done so prior to last chance. 
 
The WoWPS Slam-Off will be designed to replicate WoWPS slam format as much as possible.  There will be 4 rounds with all the qualified poets competing and no cuts between rounds.  Each round will have a different time limit, in the same order as the order of rounds in a WoWPS competition:  4 minute round, 1 minute round, 2 minute round, 3 minute round, with each round still containing the 10-second grace period.  The poet with the highest cumulative score at the end of the slam will be the official representative of the Denver Mercury Poetry Slam at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
 
The Denver Mercury Poetry Slam will not be able to pay the full registration fee, travel expenses, and lodging expenses for our WoWPS representative.  If we can afford to do so, we will give what money we can to assist you, but there is no guarantee that we will be able to give you any money at all for WoWPS.  You must be prepared to pay your own way.  However, keep in mind that being a venue representative as opposed to a Storm Poet does guarantee you a spot in WoWPS.
 
iWPS Qualification and Slam-Off:
 
April 5 – August 16th will constitute the “iWPS Slam Season,” in which poets will compete for a place in the iWPS Slam-Off on August 23rd, in which the iWPS representative will be chosen.  To qualify for the iWPS Slam-Off, a poet will need to have accumulated 7 points during the iWPS Slam Season or by way of the last chance slam.  The points system will work exactly the same way as the points system in the Team Slam Season.  The points accumulated in the Team Slam Season do not carry over into the iWPS Slam Season, nor do the points accumulated in the iWPS Slam Season apply to the Team Slam Season.  The two seasons are completely separate.  We will hold an IWPS Last Chance Slam on August 16th. This will be a true last chance slam, however, the winner of this slam will be strongly encouraged to earn volunteer points following the IWPS Rep Selection. 
 
The iWPS Slam-Off will be designed to replicate IWPS slam format as much as possible.  There will be 4 rounds with all the qualified poets competing and no cuts between rounds.  Each round will have a different time limit, in the same order as the order of rounds in an IWPS competition:  4 minute round, 1 minute round, 2 minute round, 3 minute round, with each round still containing the 10-second grace period.  The poet with the highest cumulative score at the end of the slam will be the official representative of the Denver Mercury Poetry Slam at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
 
The Denver Mercury Poetry Slam will not be able to pay the full registration fee, travel expenses, and lodging expenses for our IWPS representative.  If we can afford to do so, we will give what money we can to assist you, but there is no guarantee that we will be able to give you any money at all for IWPS.  You must be prepared to pay your own way.  However, keep in mind that being a venue representative as opposed to a Storm Poet does guarantee you a spot in IWPS.