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Slam Selection Processes / Re: Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
« Last post by PiperMullins on May 15, 2015, 02:44:37 PM »
2014-2015 Slam Season Structure (Revised)

            Welcome to the 2014-2015 Mercury Cafe Slam season!! We have decided to keep the point-qualification slam structure of last season, with some minor modifications.  These systems are designed to make sure that those chosen to represent us at NPS, iWPS, and WoWPS are people who have been regular attendees of the slam and who have been active members of our community.
 
Slam Format:  Standard slam will contain 8 slammers in 3 rounds to the discretion of the host, slam list can be extended to up to 10 poets (time permitting).  The slams will consist of a clean slate given at the end of each round.  At the end of the 1st round, the four lowest scoring poets will be cut from the slam (or however many poets need to be cut to have a total of 4 poets in the second round for an 8 person slam—this may be extended to 5 for a slam with larger numbers).  At the end of the 2nd round, the lowest scoring poets (based on second round scores) will be eliminated, leaving only 2 poets in the 3rd round.  At the end of the 3rd round, the poet with the highest third round score is the winner of the slam and $25.  (The host will have discretion about how to handle ties in any given round.)
 
The order of the first round will be chosen by a random draw.  The remaining 2 rounds will be low to high, with the high scoring poet designating their chosen position in the round.
 
Slam Team Qualification:
 
September 14, 2014 - March 22, 2015 will constitute the “Team Slam Season,” meaning the season during which individuals will work towards qualifying for the Team Slam-Off on March 29, 2014, during which the 2014 Denver Mercury Slam Team will be chosen.  Qualifying for the Team Slam-Off will involve a point system.  The points system will work as follows:
 
-Competing in a poetry slam: 1 point
-Advancing to the second round of a poetry slam:  2 points
-Advancing to the third round of a poetry slam:  3 points
-Advancing to a 4th round tiebreaker: 4 points
-Winning a poetry slam:  5 points
-“Special Slams” will be scored as normal slams.


OPEN MIC/VOLUNTEER POINTS: Please note that volunteer points are capped at 6 points total for the season, and 3 points per any category. 
-Being a sacrificial poet:  1 point (a maximum of 3 points can be earned this way)
-Being the Voice of God (timekeeper/scorekeeper):  1 point (a maximum of 3 points can be earned this way)
-Hosting the slam or open mic: 1 point (a maximum of 3 points may be earned this way)
-Reading on the open mic:  1 point (a maximum of 3 points can be earned this way)

**YOUTH SLAMS:  Individuals who read in the open mic and/or volunteer for youth slams will be awarded the standard points for their involvement, HOWEVER—individuals who slam in the youth slam will NOT be awarded slam points.  This rule is intended to prevent interference with Minor Disturbance qualification, while still wanting to encourage community involvement and support of the youth slam.  Youth slams are held the 2nd Sunday of every month.
 
Anyone who has accumulated 10 points by the Team Slam-Off on March 29, 2014 will be able to compete in the Team Slam-Off in addition to individual(s) who have qualified by way of the last chance slam.
 
The Last Chance Slam, which will be held on March 22nd, will have a standard sign up.  The Last Chance Slam will guarantee at least one poet’s entry into the slam off (the winner) and potentially (up to) 4 poets with the highest scores (to the discretion of the slammaster and to be determined prior to the last chance slam).  This will allow poets to compete in the slam-off without earning 10 points, HOWEVER, we will strongly request that poets who enter team selection in this manner earn volunteer points for the next slam season.  Poets competing in the Last Chance slam will also earn points toward their 10 point goal.  (ie. If you need 1 point, participation in this slam will complete your requirement.
 
Team Slam-Off:
 
The Team Slam-Off will be held on March 29 and will be made up of all the poets who have a season total of 10 or more points OR poet(s) who have qualified by way of the last chance slam.  This slam will consist of 3 rounds with the winners chosen by cumulative scores, and no poets will be cut between the rounds.  The top 5 scorers will make up the 2014 Denver Mercury Poetry Slam Team.  The 6th highest scorer will be the team’s alternate.  Should any poets chose not to accept their spot on the team after the team has been chosen, their spot will fall to the next highest scorer from the Team Slam-Off.
 
WoWPS Qualification and Slam-Off:
 
WoWPS Qualification will be held concurrent with the Team Slam Season.  Any poet currently living her life as a woman, being 18 years of age at the time of WoWPs and who has at least 7 points by the date of the WoWPS Slam-Off on December 28th 2014, or by way of the Last chance slam.  The winner will be able to compete in the WoWPS Slam-Off.  We will hold a WoWPs Last Chance slam on December 21, 2014.  The last chance slam will be a true last chance slam, but poets will be strongly encouraged to earn volunteer points following the WoWPs rep selection if they have not already done so prior to last chance. 
 
The WoWPS Slam-Off will be designed to replicate WoWPS slam format as much as possible.  There will be 4 rounds with all the qualified poets competing and no cuts between rounds.  Each round will have a different time limit, in the same order as the order of rounds in a WoWPS competition:  4 minute round, 1 minute round, 2 minute round, 3 minute round, with each round still containing the 10-second grace period.  The poet with the highest cumulative score at the end of the slam will be the official representative of the Denver Mercury Poetry Slam at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
 
The Denver Mercury Poetry Slam will not be able to pay the full registration fee, travel expenses, and lodging expenses for our WoWPS representative.  If we can afford to do so, we will give what money we can to assist you, but there is no guarantee that we will be able to give you any money at all for WoWPS.  You must be prepared to pay your own way.  However, keep in mind that being a venue representative as opposed to a Storm Poet does guarantee you a spot in WoWPS.
 
iWPS Qualification and Slam-Off:
 
April 5 – August 16th will constitute the “iWPS Slam Season,” in which poets will compete for a place in the iWPS Slam-Off on August 23rd, in which the iWPS representative will be chosen.  To qualify for the iWPS Slam-Off, a poet will need to have accumulated 7 points during the iWPS Slam Season or by way of the last chance slam.  The points system will work exactly the same way as the points system in the Team Slam Season.  The points accumulated in the Team Slam Season do not carry over into the iWPS Slam Season, nor do the points accumulated in the iWPS Slam Season apply to the Team Slam Season.  The two seasons are completely separate.  We will hold an IWPS Last Chance Slam on August 16th. This will be a true last chance slam, however, the winner of this slam will be strongly encouraged to earn volunteer points following the IWPS Rep Selection. 
 
The iWPS Slam-Off will be designed to replicate IWPS slam format as much as possible.  There will be 4 rounds with all the qualified poets competing and no cuts between rounds.  Each round will have a different time limit, in the same order as the order of rounds in an IWPS competition:  4 minute round, 1 minute round, 2 minute round, 3 minute round, with each round still containing the 10-second grace period.  The poet with the highest cumulative score at the end of the slam will be the official representative of the Denver Mercury Poetry Slam at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
 
The Denver Mercury Poetry Slam will not be able to pay the full registration fee, travel expenses, and lodging expenses for our IWPS representative.  If we can afford to do so, we will give what money we can to assist you, but there is no guarantee that we will be able to give you any money at all for IWPS.  You must be prepared to pay your own way.  However, keep in mind that being a venue representative as opposed to a Storm Poet does guarantee you a spot in IWPS.
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Slam Selection Processes / Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
« Last post by PiperMullins on May 15, 2015, 02:42:22 PM »
Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
Every Sunday Evening (Sign up 7:30, 2nd Sunday of the month is a youth slam)
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St
Denver, CO 80205

This version contains all revised dates for selection slams
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Slam Selection Processes / Slam ULIT -Kansas City, Mo.
« Last post by MVyonnePayne on May 12, 2015, 07:09:59 PM »
2015/2016 Slam Season

Slam ULIT
New location tbd
Once monthly (2nd Tuesdays) From Sept-March

PRELIMINARY SLAMS
Slam ULIT is a 2 round slam. The first round will be a head to head elimination round with order determined by random draw*.
 (I.e. Poets will draw numbers; poet 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4 etc)  up to 14poets

The highest score of each bout will advance to round 2. Round 2 will be a standard slam round. With the reverse order of the first round determing the order. The cumulative score of both rounds will determine the top 3 poets and winners of the night.

*If an odd number or less than 10 poets sign up to compete, 2 standard slam rounds will be had. With the top 5-7 scoring poets advancing to round 2. Cumulative scores will still determine the top 3 poets of the evening.

                     **ELIGIBILITY FOR THE TEAM SELECTION SLAM WILL BE DETERMINED BY A POINT SYSTEM.**

In order to compete in the finals/team selection slam; or have the opportunity to make the team,  a poet has to obtain at least 4 placing points throughout the course of Slam ULIT'S slam season.

PLACING POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED AS FOLLOWS:

First place = 4 points, and automatic invitation to the finals/team selection slam.

Second place= 3 points

Third place= 2 points

Sacrificial poet= 1 point

Host= 1 point.

Any combination of placing and/or being a sacrificial poet, as long as it is equal to, or more than 4 points, will earn a poet a chance to  compete in the finals.
10 points = retirement until the finals.

Finals is a standard psi sanctioned 3 round slam of 10- 12 poets. With cuts made every round until we have 7 poets to take to the last round. The top 5 cumulative scorers of the night will make the team.

REPLACEMENT POLICY

Should 1 poet have to drop or be removed from the team as deemed necessary by the slam master,  the team will go from a 5 to 4 member team. Should 2 poets drop or be removed, the slam master will fulfill competive obligations and the team will continue on as four. If 3 poets drop; the slam and co slam masters will fulfill the competitive obligations or hold a vote with candidates being eligible only if they have scored points during the slam season to replace them.
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Slam Selection Processes / Re: Salt City Slam - Salt Lake City, UT
« Last post by jesster on April 28, 2015, 12:35:00 PM »
2015 Team Selection Finals were held on March 31, 2015 at The Off Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City.  Competing were the 10 highest score earners from our 2014-2015 slam season who were able to compete and commit to performing on the team.

Results were as follows:

1. Gray - Team member, slam champ
2. Kari Lindsey - Team member
3. Rebeca Mae - Team member
4. Hannah Irene - Team member
5. Jose Soto - Team member

6. Austin
7. Tanesha Nicole
8. Selina Foster
9. Ashley Finley
10. Benjamin Barker

-Jesse
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Slam Selection Processes / Re: Salt City Slam - Salt Lake City, UT
« Last post by jesster on April 28, 2015, 12:30:24 PM »
Salt City Slam
Last Monday of every month
Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaltCityIndieArts/

The last Monday of the month at 8pm, we will hold a poetry slam, which is a three round competition to determine who is able to curry the most favor from the crowd.

We have a point system for participation in and placing in slams. At poetry slams, held once a month at Weller Book Works on the last Monday of the month, 10 people will be allowed to participate. 27 points will be awarded for winning a slam, 14 for second, 9 for 3rd, 5 for 4th and 2 points are awarded for everyone else. In addition, the host will be be awarded 4 points.

These points will determine the top 10 contenders for our finals that will vie for our team slots and the opportunity to participate in the 2011 National Poetry Slam. If one of the qualifiers after this selection is completed cannot attend NPS, we will select a replacement based on where individuals finished in finals.

The iWPS representative will be chosen from the winner of an open slam competition

The WOWPS representative will be chosen from the winner of an open slam competition.

-Jesster
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General Discussion / SlamCharlotte's Call for Features~2015-2016 slam season
« Last post by inkera on April 23, 2015, 10:52:42 PM »
This is FRESH! This is RESET!! This is SlamCharlotte!!!

SlamCharlotte is dedicated to bringing Charlotte and the surrounding areas the best in featured artists.

In an effort to do this, the SlamCharlotte Management team has decided to open up feature slots to poets who have NEVER featured at our venue before.

*We will start accepting requests 1 May 2015.* DO NOT contact me prior to that requesting a feature. We typically leave the Call for Features open until 1 June. We book our entire season at one time.

This is how it works..........please read the entire note.

Our slam is the 3rd Friday of every month. We don't have features in April, May, or June. Our slam season runs from July to June.

SlamCharlotte passes the hat to pay our features and allows them to sell merchandise. In the past, features have received between $100-$400 but please understand that we have no way of guaranteeing you a certain amount. We can offer lodging at a local hotel the night of your feature.

We can provide you with a listing of other poetry venues in the area BUT we do not book shows for you.
Our feature slots go very quickly and we are thankful for that. So that means when the request for features open up, you should be expedient in your request.

If you are interested in featuring, please send an email/FB message to MY attention. The email should include the month you are interested in featuring. If you are new to performance poetry and there is a slim chance that we might not know you, I urge you to send links to past performances, your written work will not be accepted. Verbal requests to feature or requests sent to other members of the management team will not be accepted.
It will be taken to the SlamCharlotte Management team for consideration. Everyone who sends a request will be notified of our decision.

After all feature slots are filled, we start a short waiting list in the event that a feature has to cancel.
You can’t slam for a spot on SlamCharlotte's team and feature in the same season. We seldom book features who have been a part of a SlamCharlotte team, however we will consider this option if you are part of a group of touring poets.

We hope to see you at SlamCharlotte as a featured artist!

2015-2016 Slam Season Schedule

Friday, July 17, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Friday, January 15, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016-iWPS qualifier
Friday, March 18, 2016-Power of SHE & WOWps qualifier-Celebrating the Women of slam

Thanks in advance!!

Inkera Oshun, Artistic Director
SlamCharlotte
inkera@slamcharlotte.com
(980) 475-5564
FB/inkera oshun

Bluz, Slammaster
SlamCharlotte
poetrybluz@gmail.com
FB/Boris Rogers
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Slam Selection Processes / Washington D.C. - Beltway Poetry Slam
« Last post by pagesofle on April 21, 2015, 05:24:24 PM »
Beltway Poetry Slam
Last Tuesday of Every Month
@ Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St. NE
Washington D.C. 20017
www.facebook.com/beltwayslamdc
busboysandpoets.com

See attachment for selection process

thank you.
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Slam Selection Processes / Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
« Last post by tluthun on April 21, 2015, 10:06:34 AM »
Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
Every Sunday
Silvio's Organic Pizza
 715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
www.a2poetry.com

Our selection process is as follows:
Every Sunday, we host a [maximum 10-person] slam in which poets have a chance to earn points towards a spot in Grand Slam Finals. The points at each slam are decided by the placement one gets in that given slam [i.e. 1st place in a 10-person slam is 10 points, 2nd place is 5 points, and last place is 1 point. Likewise, 1st place in a 6-person slam is 6 points, 2nd place is 3 points, and last place is 1 point]. Each year fluctuates [we decide at the start of the season], but we accept 10 poets into Finals on points, with the last to slams of the season serving as Last Chance winner-take-all bouts to gain automatic bids into finals regardless of points standings. At finals, after 4 rounds [this year: 12-9-7-6], the top 4 poets made the team [we have no alternate].

Replacement:
Poets are then given 1 week to accept their position on the team. Should they not accept, the spot goes on to the poet who placed next highest by the end of Finals. Once the first official practice takes place, the team is locked. If, for whatever reason, a poet on the team can no longer compete after the first practice has been concluded, the coach or slammaster will fill that role. If, for whatever reason, more poets are unable to compete than administration [i.e. slammasters/coaches] are able to fill with themselves, an open, auxiliary slam will be held to fill in subsequent spots.
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Slam Selection Processes / Re: SlamCharlotte-Charlotte NC
« Last post by inkera on April 20, 2015, 03:02:35 PM »
SlamCharlotte is in the process of updating our slam selection process for the next slam season. The updated selection process will be posted here within the next 2 weeks.
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Slam Selection Processes / Re: Steel City selection process 2012
« Last post by zadriana on April 20, 2015, 01:23:55 PM »
Weekly slam (exception, we do not have slams on Holiday weeks)

Each week, every competitor gets 1 (one) pt., 3rd place gets 3 (three), 2nd place gets 4 (four), and 1st place gets 5 (five).

Slam Season runs August 1-end of March. In April, top twelve competitors (with most points) are asked to participate in the Grand Slam. 
Last chance slam is Tuesday before the Grand Slam.

Standings are maintained on our website. pghpoetry.org
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