The Guelph Poetry Slam is a live and interactive poetry competition where poets strut their stuff on stage and poems are judged by randomly selected audience members. It’s all based on writing and presentation, and good ol’ gutt feelings. The Poetry Slam has two rounds and awards the winner with $100. Feature poet MONA MOUSA will be sharing a 25 minute set of amazing spoken word and of course there will be a open stage for you to share without the pressure of scorecards. This edition is SPECIAL! We have decided to throw out most of the usual rules associated with slam.
You can do covers
You can use props
Wear a costume
Bring your musical instruments
Colaborative work is encouraged
The only thing that stays the same is poems exceeding 3 mins & 10 secs will be deducted 0.5 points for every 10 seconds over time.
Cover is $10 /pwyc, $5 if you perform, and FREE if you have a birthaversary in the month of March!
Mona Mousa is a spoken word poet and motivational speaker living in Toronto Ontario. Having toured actively her whole poetry career, this year alone Mona has booked over 200 shows all over North America. In April Mona took the stage at the the birth place of slam, the legendary Green Mill, Uptown Poetry Slam, hosted by Marc Smith. When she is at home Mona is heavily active in all facets of her community having been the special events director of Winnipeg pride, and is the founder and director of Feather & Anchor a talent management agency serving performance artists from the BIPOC & LGBT Communities. Currently Mona is curating a festival for poets of colour called Meli-Nation, slated for August of 2017. Over the past 10 years Mona’s mission has been to work to empower young adults to engage in discussion. The mission is about promoting real love, love as an action that we commit to unconditionally. This love is about safe spaces no matter your religion, social class, gender or sexual orientation. The mission is education & tolerance, no exceptions.
Judging and Scoring:
Anyone can sign-up to compete on the night of the poetry Slam starting when door open at 7.
There are two rounds of competition.
Five randomly selected audience members judge the poetry.
These judges will award each poet a score out of 10.
Judges should make their score choice based on performance of the piece, writing style, and topic.
The highest score and the lowest score is dropped. The other three scores are totaled to create a score out of 30 for each poet.
The top four poets from the first round of poetry advance to compete in the second round.
Each poet in the round will be awarded a score out of 30 for their second performance.
For these poets their first round score and second round score will be added together to create a score out of 60.
The poet with the highest score will be celebrated as the winning poet of the evening.
THE ONLY RULE WE’LL BE KEEPING TRACK OFF IS THE 3 MINUTE WITH A 10 SECOND GRACE PERIOD
Creation of the Guelph Poetry Slam Team:
The Guelph Poetry Slam (GPS) team will be determined poetry slams from March 2017 – December 2017.
The January 2018 Poetry slam is finals night! It will determine the members of the GPS team.
The team will be composed of five members.
To qualify for an invitation to compete in finals night you have to compete a minimum of three throughout and be one of the top ten poets with the highest average scores and rank.
Each poetry slam the scores of competing poets will be posted on our website.