I.E. How the St. Paul Soap Boxing Poetry Slam team is chosen:
In a nutshell - it goes something like this.
1st Place = 8 points
2nd Place = 4 points
3rd place = 2 points
Competing in a Slam = 1 point
(If you sign up but are not drawn to compete, you will still earn a point as though you did compete)
Each Slam (One per month - September thru April) will be a qualifier*.
Each Slam will be open to anyone - who is over 18
(Up to ten poets may compete in a Slam)
* The Sept. - Dec. Slams will also be qualifiers for the 2011 Women of The World Poetry Slam. Any women who make the top three during these prelims will compete in January to see who earns their place at this event. (The winner must cover all of their own expenses associated with WOWPS.)
The GRAND SLAM will be held on May 2nd, 2011.
The Grand Slam will be reserved for the eight poets who have collected the most points throughout the season (at Soap Boxing only)
**note** A poet must compete in at least two (2) qualifier Slams to be eligible to compete in the Grand Slam, regardless of how many points they have.
If there is a tie for the eighth spot, one more poet may compete.
If there are more than two poets tied for the 8th spot, there will be a Slam-off to determine who competes.
The Grand Slam will be a four (4) round Slam. All 8 poets will compete in the first round, and again in reverse order for the second round. The 6 poets with the highest cumulative scores will advance to the 3rd round with a ‘clean slate’ (their scores will go back to zero) and a random draw. They will then perform again in reverse order for the fourth round.
The winners will be the 2 poets with the highest cumulative scores from the 3rd and 4th rounds.
*** The 1st place winner of the Grand Slam will represent St. Paul at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS).***
The top 2 poets of the Grand Slam will join the top 2 poets from the SlamMN Team Selection Slam to form the Twin Cities National Team that will go to the PSI National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC in August. There may be a separate slam for an alternate position.
UPDATE May 10th
We will be holding a slam for the alternate position on the TC slam team on May 29th at Kieran's Irish Pub. This slam will be open to all poets who have competed at either Kieran's or the AQ in the 2011/2012 slam season. This 5th spot will be a strict alternate, and is unlikely to compete at NPS 2012.
The "TEAM" is the group of poets who will compete in the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC in August 2012.
***Should, due to any circumstances, a team member have to drop out of Nationals competition, the alternate will take that team member's spot, and the 3rd place individuals at both slams will flip a coin to decide who would then move into the alternate's spot - and so on in the same manner. If for some disasterous reason, all of those who competed in the Grand Slam find themselves unable to compete at nationals and a four person team cannot be fielded - a new competition will be held, and the remainder of the team will be completed from the winners of this competition.*** This Information is likely to change in the near future.
Soap boxing does not guarantee funding for travel, lodging, or any expenses associated with Nationals or Soap Boxing Slam related activities.
More Team details may be made available later in the season.
There is no guarantee that Soap Boxing will field a team to go to the National Poetry Slam or any other competition, or that even if a team is formed, it will qualify and/or be able to attend and/or compete in said events. In some instances, poets must be 21 or older to compete at the National Poetry Slam.
Sign ups to compete begin at 7:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm.
The rules are as follows:
· Each poem must be of the poet's own construction.
· Each poet gets three minutes and ten-seconds to read one (1) poem. If the poet goes over the allotted time, one half (1/2) point will be deducted (from the total score) for every ten seconds over time, e.g. if your time is 3:10:00 you're just fine, if it is 3:10:01 you lose 1/2 point, 3:21:01 you lose 1 point and so on.
· The poet may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments or accompaniment. Props are defined as anything not readily available to ANY competing poet (a microphone stand or chair from the audience are not considered a prop) If you refer to a necklace in your poem, then grab the necklace you are wearing, that's a prop, and you will be disqualified.
· Five judges, randomly selected from the audience, score each poem (based on writing, performance, and originality) from 0.0 (the lowest score possible - a bad poem performed very poorly) to 10.0 (the highest score possible - a brilliant poem performed perfectly)
· Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped, and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0 - 30. All scores throughout the Slam are cumulative.
· The 1st – 3rd place winners win prizes.
The Prizes may come in the form of cash, check, or any possible item. The winning poets may not receive their prizes on the night of the Slam. There is no set amount or value for prizes, regardless of place. The amount gifted to the winners is determined before the Slam begins, but will not be disclosed until the winners are announced. This is done to assure the purity and honesty of the Slam.
Up to 14 poets perform in a randomly selected order.
The eight highest scoring poets compete again, this time in reverse order from the first round.
Third and final round:
The top four poets with the highest cumulative scores compete in a randomly drawn order.
Rules Revised September 12th 2010. These rules may change at any time with or without prior notice.
National team: The top 3 competitors from qualifying slams will qualify for the semi-final bout in either December or April. (Summer-November enter the December semi, Jan.-March enter the April Semi). If you place in the top 6 at a semi you are qualified for the team selection slam in May. The top 2 poets will join the top 2 poets from the Soap-Boxing Team Selection Slam to form the Twin Cities National Team that will go to the PSI National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC in August. We will be holding a slam for the alternate position on the TC slam team on May 29th at Kieran's Irish Pub. If you earn one of the spots at the AQ slam and are qualified and choose to compete you will not be eligible for a ranked spot on the team through SlamMN! This slam will be open to all poets who have competed at either Kieran's or the AQ in the 2011/2012 slam season. This 5th spot will be a strict alternate, and is unlikely to compete at NPS 2012.
The Team Selection Finals will have a minimum of 9 competitors. If less than 9 qualified competitors are present and able to compete at a Finals show contestants shall be moved up based on the total number of points (this is different than scores) earned throughout the season. The point structure works as follows:
1st place = 4 points
2nd place = 3 points
3rd place = 2 points
Competing at a slam without placing = 1 point