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Slam Selection Processes / The Retort United - Grand Rapids, MI
« Last post by Fable on April 12, 2017, 11:55:25 AM »
The Retort United
2nd Monday of every month.
The Drunken Retort
Stella's Lounge
53 Commerce Ave Sw
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Retort United Slam Selection Process
Points System

Slam Masters:
Marcel “Fable” Price
Rachel Gleason

53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Every Monday (Slam every 2nd Monday)
The Drunken Retort Slam offers a minimum of 6 qualifying slams, with the points system as follows:

1st – 25pts
2nd – 20pts
3rd – 15pts
4th – 10pts
5th – 12th  - 2pts

The slam will be judged by 5 random judges from the audience (none of which people who came with one of the artists in the slam) on a scale of 1-10; dropping the highest and lowest score.

The Drunken Retort has 3 hosts and 2 slam masters.
On nights when one of the slam masters chooses to slam, they will not be referred to as “host of The Drunken Retort” nor treated different than any other artist.

Slam Finals: 
Competing poets will sign a slam agreement prior to the start of the slam.
Slam master reserves the right to alter, adjust, or change the Slam Agreement within 5 days notice.  Slam master reserves the right to remove a team member deemed unhealthy, harmful or dysfunctional to the team as the slam master so chooses.

10 Poets will be competing for Team Nationals, 5 for IWPS, and 5 for WOWPS.

If a replacement is needed they will be selected from 5th place on down or, or one of the Slam Masters/Coaches will serve as a replacement. 
The slam master has the right to choose replacements for the health of team cohesion.

Poet must be living, breathing and cannot have been on another team or another city’s team in the last year.

Slam Season:
The slam master and administrative team will decide the duration of the slam season.

Slam Rules:

In the event that there is a tie for first place, the poets will perform a tiebreaker poem. If this results in another tie, the poet with the highest cumulative score will be determined the winner.
(The poets will be given the option to share the 1st and 2nd place prize money and the title.)

Prizes: The top 3 poets will receive a prize
1st Place - 2/3 of “Pass The Hat”.
2nd Place - $10 Gift Card
3rd Place - $10 Gift Card
4th Place - $10 Gift Card

On the nights of Finals (IWPS, WOWPS, and Nationals) there will be NO prize money given, all of this will go to the yearly registration fees for each competition.

No Repeat Rule: Poets who successfully make it to the THIRD round of a slam can NOT repeat the poem they use in that round in later slams until iWPS, WOWPS, National Finals, or the next season.
If a poet repeats a poem they have previously used in the third round during the season, they will be disqualified from the possibility of returning to compete in the Grand Slam Finals. If there is a tie breaker round, the rule does not stand and poets may use poem that was performed in a previous third round.

General Discussion / Looking for competitors!!!
« Last post by shihan on March 28, 2017, 11:39:29 AM »
Announcement and call to competitors, April 29th, 2017 the Los Angeles Get Down Festival aka inkSlam is hosting it's annual $1500 Indie Competition...12 slots, 1 champ, cash prizes for top 3 poets($1000, $300, $200) if interested send an email to and I can give you more details...there is a $50 entry fee.
General Discussion / Re: Is a tattoo a prop?
« Last post by Storee on February 14, 2017, 02:37:32 AM »
I'm guess a tattoo may not be a prop... but getting tattooed on stage while spitting a poem about tattoos would be ..... unless the tattoo artist was available to everyone in the room! ok.. next idea.. tattoo party poetry slams...!

Yeah that would be pretty poetic lol.
General Discussion / Re: Poetry Slam vs. Poetry Reading Series
« Last post by suziqsmith on October 25, 2016, 09:47:31 AM »
These terms are sometimes to be used interchangeably in the handbook. What are "Poetry Reading Series," and do they fulfill the min 6 events a year rule?

While sometimes slams are also considered "poetry reading series'", to be certified a venue must have 6 slams a year.  For instance, if an event operates as an open mic every week, but has a slam once a month, they'd be set.  Does that make sense? 
Slammaster: James Dean Hickman
Slam Name: Montana
SlamLocation: Billings, MT
General Discussion / Poetry Slam vs. Poetry Reading Series
« Last post by James Dean Hickman on October 25, 2016, 08:12:08 AM »
These terms are sometimes to be used interchangeably in the handbook. What are "Poetry Reading Series," and do they fulfill the min 6 events a year rule?
Slammaster: Erik Daniel (aka StageName)
Slam Name: Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Derp, should have read the whole post. I sent a request, but not using the above convention. Sorry about that. There Doesn't seem to be a way to edit to undo my request so I'll just put the correct info here if that's all right

Slammaster: James Dean Hickman[/size]Slam Name: Montana SlamLocation: Billings, MT

General Discussion / Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
« Last post by karen_g on October 07, 2016, 11:07:38 AM »
The one above is still the old one, as we've opted for a gender-neutral Spiel.
Please see where all the most updated forms are in slam master files:,10121.0.html

If your slam manager doesn't have access, have them contact Suzi
General Discussion / Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
« Last post by Audo on October 07, 2016, 01:38:54 AM »
Quote from: PSi Handbook - page 33
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a Poetry Slam. My name
is [say your name clearly] and I will be your MC for the
evening. The poetry slam is a competition invented in the
1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc
Smith [“So what.”] in which performed poetry is judged
by five members of the audience. Poets have three minutes
to present their original work and may choose to do so
accompanied by other members of their team. The judges
will then score the piece anywhere from 0 to 10, evaluating
such qualities as performance, content, and originality.
The high and low scores of each performance are tossed,
and the middle three are added giving the performer their
score. Points are deducted for violating the three-minute
time limit. We beseech the judges to remain unswayed by
the audience—audience, try to sway the judges—and score
each poet by the same set of criteria, ignoring whatever
boisterous reaction your judgment elicits. Audience: Let
the judges know how you feel about the job that they are
doing, but be respectful in your exuberance; there could
be no show without them. Now let me introduce you to
the judges.

Sweeeet, just what I was looking for. Thanks very much.
General Discussion / Re: New to Slamming events
« Last post by suziqsmith on September 12, 2016, 10:29:34 AM »
Hi :)

I'm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Many thanks for the links - appreciate it!

We would love to help you establish your slam in San Juan - feel free to e-mail me with any questions!  executivedirector at poetryslam dot com
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