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Youth March Madness Poetry Slam

Bay Area Creative Fam!

Youth all over the Bay Area will take the stage to tell their stories, share their passion, and celebrate each other's creativity.

Important Info

Where: Starry Plough (in person)

Address: 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

When: Saturday March 12th

Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

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Competition Rules

  • A poetry slam is a competition that scores poetry on an Olympic scale 1-10. There will be between 1 and 18 poets in the first round and 3 - 8 poets in the second round. Come with two poems ready! There may or may not be "cuts" between rounds depending on how many poets are participating

  • Judging is 100% subjective, but generally based on how well the writing, performance, and message come together on stage.

  • You may not use any props or musical accompaniment on stage.

  • Time Limit: 3min and 30 seconds (10 second grace period)

  • Time will not start with a trigger warning or content warning at the beginning of the poem

  • We are not censoring youth performers, but keep in mind that poems will be heard by an audience of all ages.

  • Group poems are allowed in this slam with a twist. After the first round if a group poem advances to the second round the same group of people have the option of performing another group poem, or slamming separately. Alternatively, anyone making it to the second round may perform a group poem with anyone else who has made it into the second round! (max 4 people)

  • Although memorizing poems is not required, memorized poems tend to score higher

  • Remember "slam" is just a stupid game that people invented to trick large groups of people into enjoying poetry. Have fun. Listen to everyone!

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