Unless our community suggest otherwise, this will be incredible. Understand this event is not sanctioned by PSI, or in contest with PSI, but is open to PSI Members Only.
The night for this competition will be Thursday, August 6, after semifinal competition. The location and time of this competition will be undisclosed until the night of the event. Text messages identifying the time and location will be sent to a contact person for each team entering a poet to compete . The alternative to a text message will be direct contact from me, and word of mouth. If your team plans to enter a poet into the competition please email or contact me. There will only be 25 spots. I will accept entries up to the night of August 6 or until the entrant capacity is full, whichever is first. In the event of a full list there will be a waiting list. This is unlike slam as many of you have known it and I dare you to fall in love with it. I am the maestro for this and depend on my hopefully honorable reputation amongst you all to make this happen.....
Here are the rules to the
National Underground Poetry Individual Competition
1. Any 2009 registered PSI team can send a poet of their choice from their team to compete.
2. Each team has to "put up" $125 for their poet to enter the competition (all collected money goes to the winning poet)
3. Head to head slams (one loss and you're out) until a winner is pronounced
4. No Judges, just the crowd in attendance making the "call" based on applause, etc.
5. Winner take all (3 minute time limit enforced). There is no second or third place.
*. I'm the host
For the people thinking they are the "shit", put your money where your mouth is; while all other nominated entrants have fun, your team at the least believes in you. Its June 17 and you/each team has until August 6 to get your money "right", unless the list fills, in which case you run the risk of being on the waiting list. Being on the waiting list means in the event a spot opens up, entrants will be selected from the list compiled in numerical order by order of entry onto the list. Also, the "pot" has the potential to be substantial. With 25 entrants, the "spoils" would be $3,125.00. Every penny collected goes to the winning poet. No one is paying me, nor am I taking a percentage. To further the point I have no hidden agenda, but I simply missed the energy of the Indy's Competition at Nationals and wanted to bring it back with a twist.
*There is only one entrant with a pass into this competition and that is the President of PSI. And this honor is out of respect for the Presidency and the "honor" of Slam, as our President is the face and representative of the values of Slam. I imagine this event to be annual and this invitation will always be extended to the PSI President.
No cameras. Just cell phones and you tube possibilities. This could be the start of a something great...............