Festival Rules

POETS WILL NEED A TOTAL OF 6 POEMS TO WIN

Prelim rounds will be 2 rounds of 10 poets . 10 – 8 – 6

Prelim rounds is cumulative first 2 rounds. Final round is clean slate

Top 6 make it to Final Stage

The 1st place winners of the prelim rounds will be awarded $125 and a prize bag

Final Stage 12 – 7 – 4

Final Stage is cumulative first 2 rounds. Final round is clean slate

Half Point deduction for every 10 secs over allotted time.

Prelims & Semis poets will have 3min and a 10 sec grace

Final Stage will be 3min and 20 sec grace

NO POEM REPEAT

Ties will be broken by one more poem, judges will write poets name on a piece of paper and that is who win. This can be a repeat poem, but cannot use a poem already slammed in that particular bout.

Protest to Scores must be done after bout before score sheets are signed. Once score sheets are signed no protest can be issued. Score sheets MUST BE signed by all competitors.

3 of the Judges will be randomly selected. With the remaining 2 randomly selected from a pre-selected group of Judges if available

No Props

No reading of poems on final stage