SLAM POETRY GUIDELINES
- The monthly slam is open to everyone 16 years or older unless the slam is designated as a slam for a particular demographic (For example; the Women of the World Poetry Slam Qualifier which is for women only). You must be 18+ to slam towards an invitation to Grand Slam Finals for an opportunity to make the Bull City Slam Team. Poets who do not live in the Triangle area may not be invited to participate in finals if the distance will be a barrier to practice and team building.
- Jambalaya Soul Slam is held at the Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC (www.hayti.org) located at 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701. *Occasionally slams are held at an alternate location (always check the website for details).
- Slams are FREE for participating poets. 12 slots are available for participating poets.
- Slams are open to the public, have an open sign up, and are not censored. The sign up list opens at 7:30pm and stays open until 8:00pm or until the list reaches 12 poets. *For the February Erotic Poetry Slam the list opens at 11:30pm.
Slots are available to anyone. *For the February Erotic Poetry Slam the previous year's winner is guaranteed a spot so the remaining non guaranteed spots will be 11.
- The poets will draw numbers to determine the order of the first round. In the 2nd and 3rd round, the poet with the highest score will perform first and the round will end with the poet with the lowest score. *For Finals, if an invited poet is running late and misses the bout draw then their number will be drawn for them. If they miss their slot, then they will be disqualified from the competition.
- The competition will be a 3 round slam with elimination each round. The 1st and 2nd and 3rd round scores are cumulative. The highest scoring poet wins.
*Except in November and June when we have slams that are qualifiers for individual national events. Those slams follow a 4 round format with different time lengths for each round (the format used at the national competition). The first round is a regular 3 min round. Next is a 2 min round in which no poem should be longer than 2 min. Then there will be a 1 min round which will consist of 1 min poems. Those who make the last round will have 4 min. We will cut from 12 to 6 after the first round. Those 6 poets will compete in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Then we will cut to 3 for the last round.
- Prize money is awarded to the winner. The amount of each cash prize will be decided at the beginning of each season and will stay the same for the full season.
Bull City Slam Team Selection Process:
- Poets become eligible for the Bull City Slam team by competing in the Jambalaya Soul Slam throughout the year. We typically begin in August and the final team is selected in April of the following year.
- Grand Slam Finals, held each April, is open to the top invited poets from the season. 12 poets will be invited. Those poets will be notified of their invitation and given time to accept or refuse. It is up to the slam coordinators if any poets outside of the top 12 will be invited to fill any unaccepted slots.
- The top 4 poets at Grand Slam Finals will make the team. The top scoring poet at Grand Slam Finals will be the Grand Slam Champion for that year. *In any year, a 5th poet may be added to the team. That will depend on availability of resources. That determination will be made before Grand Slam finals and announced to the participating poets.