Houston Poetry Slam
@ the Word Fu reading Series
For details visit our websites:www.houstonpoetryslam.org
1. Vacancies on the Houston Slam Team MAY be referred to the next ranking individual or team contestant on the grand slam results list. Next, vacancies may be referred to poets on the semi-finals results list, and then finally the preliminary ranking list. The Slammaster reserves the right to hold an Alternates Slam at any time to fill vacancies on the slam team or openings for IWPS or WOWPS.
The 2013 Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Rules and Format
Poets, here's how to qualify to be a member of the Houston Slam Team for 2014. Here are your options:
1. Individuals can compete for one of 4 spots on the team during a minimum six competition season. Grand Slam Finals will only be held to break ties. I don't intend to ever take a 5th poet to Nationals because the Alternate usually causes drama demanding stage time.
2. Optionally, a minimum of four teams (minimum two poets per team) can compete during a minimum six competition season. BUT teams must be registered with me before the local season begins. The top team of the season will form the Houston Slam Team. If at least two teams are tied after the six competitions, then they will go to a Grand Slam Fina. The top team of the Grand Slam Final will become the 2013 Houston Slam Team.
Here are the basic rules for ALL Poetry Slam Incorporated certified slam contestants:
1. Write and compete with your own poems up to three minutes long using: no props, no costumes, no musical accompaniment. At 3:10:01 you start losing .5 of a point for every 10 seconds you go over after 3:10.
2. You will be judged by 5 judges who may
be picked out of the audience. The judges will score you Olympic style 0 to 10 points judging such criteria as performance, originality, and content.
Here are the local qualifying rules and the local format for the Houston Poetry Slam open season.
1. Regular season qualifying slams will occur with a minimum of two poets, two teams, but sixteen contestants max.
2. Two teams or two individuals will require head -to-head match-ups in three rounds. Individual scores are cumulative. The first round of qualifying slams is random order and A,B in succeeding rounds:
Round 1: A,B
Round 2: A,B
Round 3: A,B
3. Sixteen individual contestants will require 4 back-to-back bouts, 4 poets per bout in the 1st round. The highest scoring poets from each bout goes to the second round of two back-to-back bouts, 4 poets per bout, top 4 poets per bout go to the third and final round. Individual scores cumulate. The rotation is:
4. Placing 1st earns four ranking points. Placing 2nd earns two ranking points. Total accumulated scores determines lead within a ranking group.
5. A grand slam may be held to break ties.
The mission of Houston Poetry Slam is to promote poetry slam as one tool to help organize a nurturing, vibrant local poetry community. If you chose to form your own team, coach or captain your own team - beware of the self indulgent, egotistical poet. Their actions serve <strong><em>only</em></strong> their own personal advancement and maybe the advancement of their small cliques which can subvert concepts of team work and good sportsmanship. The Slammaster is available for consultation, but the team you form is your own problem should problems occur. You've been warned.
The Slammaster reserves the right to clarify these rules throughout the season, make additions or changes as needed - all at his discretion. If you wish to protest these rules or their alleged violation or manipulation, notify the Slammaster in writing. Your protest will be decided by the Slammaster. You may appeal decisions not to your liking to the Wrighter's Ink Executive Committee, and then if necessary to the Wrighter's Ink Board of Directors.