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Belmar Poets-Binghamton NY

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Belmar Poets-Binghamton NY
« on: April 16, 2010, 07:46:08 PM »
The Belmar Poets
The Belmar
95 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
(914) 319-9551

We hold one or two three-round open slams per month, each consisting of 10 slammers.   2 open mics per month, sometimes three depending on how mnay thursdays there are in the month.   Sign up starts at 9:00 open mic or slam starts 9:30.   No cover charge, we pass the hat for features.
The top 3 poets who make the final round of this slam earn points (4 for first, 3 for second, 2 for third. ) and everyone who signs up gets a point for spitting.   Emcee or Femcee earns 2 points per open mic or slam they host at The Belmar.

If the poets from the slam-off are unavailable to participate on the team, the slam master reserves the right, with a vote of acceptance by majority of remaining team members, to select a replacement.  This can include volunteers and any features from shows. All poets on the Slam Team will be required to pay a $20 membership fee to PSI by June 1st. 

Top five scoring poets from the season will make up team, top four poets plus an alternate will go to the national slam.

2010 Slam Rules

- ORIGINAL WORK: Poets must perform their own original work.

- SAMPLING: using a “sample” or a part of another person's poem or song within a poem is allowed – however, the majority of the poem must be of the poet’s own original construction.

- TIME: Each Poet is given 3 minutes to perform an original piece of work.  At the end of 3 minutes, a 10 second grace period will be given.   For each ten-second period beyond 3:10, ˝ point will be deducted from the poem’s score.   At 4 minutes, the MC will cut the poet off.   For certain slams the time limit is changed – this will be announced in advance.

- PROPS: Poets may not use props, costumes, nudity, or musical accompaniment. 

- JUDGES: Your poem and performance will be judged by five judges randomly selected from the audience before the show.  The MC will do their best to find unbiased judges based on the audience. 

- SCORING: The judges will score each performance from 0. 0 to 10. 0.  Zero is the lowest score, ten is the highest and we encourage use of the decimal point to prevent ties.  With five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the three scores in the middle are added together for the score.

Slams are open to anyone, however, according to Poetry Slam Inc.  regulations, poets must be 21 years of age in order to participate at the National Poetry Slam.   Our venue is all ages, and we encourage poets of all ages to participate in the local competition and open mic even if they can not make the team.