We have 7 regular season slams.
Anyone may put their name in the hat between 8:30 and 9:00pm. 10 poets will be selected at random to perform. Some poets may be preselected by participating in a 1 on 1 slam or by other means as announced. All poets who put their name in the hat get 50% ($5) off the the $10 admission. The only exception will be the final slam of the regular season when priority will be given to slammers who already have participated in one or more regular season slams.
The 1st round includes 10 poets
The 2nd round includes top 4 poets from 1st round
The 3rd round includes top 2 poets from 2nd round and is a head to head slam.
This is a clean slate slam. Only your 2nd round scores determine if you make it to the 3rd round.
In the 3rd round, after both poets have performed the judges pick which poem they liked better to determine the winner.
Ties are not broken during the regular season
Qualifying for Grand Slam Finals
The top 8 poets with the most points at the end of the regular season will compete in our Grand Slam Finals.
You must compete in a minimum of two slams and earn at least four points to qualify for the Grand Slam Finals.
Points are earned by placing first (12 points), second (8 points), third (4 points), fourth, fifth and sixth (2 points) in a regular season slam. Or earn 1 point by participating in a workshop. Ties will be broken using poets' cumulative scores from each round they performed during the regular season.
The format for finals is 4 rounds:
Round One 3 minutes
Round Four 1 Minute
Round Three Haiku (Scores range from 0.0 – 1.0)
Round Five 3 Minutes
Each round has a ten second grace period and 25 seconds over time cut off. The haiku may be said up to three times.
The poets with the top four cumulative scores will comprise the team for The Pigeon.
Ties for first place or a spot on the team will be broken with a 3 minute head to head slam.