March 21/Stop Racism Committee
We are soliciting entries for a Spoken Word and Poetry Slam to be held March 21, 2012. March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is also World Poetry Day. The theme of the Spoken Word/Poetry Slam event is Racism: Experienced or Witnessed. Your original work must focus on any aspect of racism that you experienced or that you witnessed.
This event will consist of two categories of poetry performance:
The Spoken Word portion will not be judged. The Slam portion will will be judged by 5 judges chosen from the audience. See criteria for judging below.
There are a total of four (4) slots for the Spoken Word portion of this event and six (6) slots are reserved for the Poetry Slam. The first four Spoken Word submissions and the first six Poetry slam submissions to meet the criteria will be chosen.
What is Spoken Word?
The difference between Spoken Word poetry and more traditional forms of poetry is that Spoken Word is performed for an audience. Because it is performed, Spoken Word poetry tends to rely on the use of rhythm, improvisation, free association, rhymes, rich poetic phrases, word play and slang. Put simply, Spoken Word poetry is more aggressive than more traditional forms of poetry and is a raw form of performance as the poet emotes his or her written poem.
The Spoken Word portion of this event will not be judged.
What is Poetry Slam?
Poetry Slam is a popular and competitive form of Spoken Word and is often considered to be a democratic art form, as it strives to speak to a wide range of diverse audiences. That being said, Poetry Slam is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of the show. Poetry Slam is a very high-energy, dramatic performance of a poet's original work. There is no formula for Slams; they encourage a wide range of voices and styles, everything from Hip-Hop to Sound Poetry, lyrical verse to jazz. Winning a poetry slam requires some measure of skill, a huge dose of luck, and of course, some guts.
Ultimately, the aim of Spoken Word poetry and Poetry slam is to inspire, entertain and connect with others.
Spoken Word poems will not be judged. Poetry Slam presentations will be judged on:
2) Delivery, and
Scoring will be from 1 to 10 in each of these three areas.
The judges will be chosen from the audience.
Poetry Slam Prizes: to be confirmed. Please check back for updates.
Please send your submission via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.