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Super Slam Poetry Competition and Open Mic Night
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Written by Resident Events On  January 26, 2018   1047   0
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Super Slam Poetry Competition and Open Mic Night

Get your community pumped! Host an open mic night in your community, or organize a powerful slam poetry competition. Your community is going to have a blast!

Here are some great tips your event a super success.

Organizing the event

Register poets and schedule them in advance so that you can prepare your sets to keep the competition moving throughout.

Divide duties a host and MC. Make sure they share responsibilities to keep the event moving in between sets. In between poets, you can also have a DJ for music as artists and announcers are coming on and off stage. This guide gives more great ideas for how to organize a slam poetry event  and delegate tasks.

Additionally, ensure that you have the right sound equipment and set up for your venue and space. 

You want the sound level to be loud enough for everyone to hear during the slam poetry sessions, but not uncomfortable on the ears or disturbing to other residents who are not in attendance.

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Most slam poetry competitions give cash prizes to winners. 

If you are intending to host the greater community and charge entry fees to cover the cost of the prizes, then charge attendees accordingly. Otherwise, you can make a budget to give a few small cash prizes to the winners at the end of the competition. 

However, if you are planning to keep contestants limited to your immediate community you can also offer a prize good for some amount off of the next month’s rent as well.


Choose five community members in the audience: preferably mostly adults and one youth judge. It will be even more helpful if the judges are poets and/or artists themselves. They will be better able to judge a performer based on their content, delivery, and performance.

**TIP** Have enough judging cards for five per artist (for each of the judges) plus a few extras just in case.

Have the judge’s award points in each category on a scale of 1-10. The host can tally each performer’s scores and announce the winners at the end of the competition.

Attracting the talent

Depending on the size and demographics of your community, you may not have a lot of resident’s turn out. 

If you suspect that may be the case, try advertising in the surrounding community as well. This will drum up excitement and raise the bar as far as talent. 

You can also invite specific poets and spoken word artists from the surrounding area with prizes and other incentives. Entice them to participate and share their poetry.

In all cases, listen carefully, have fun, and remember that the points don’t matter, but the poetry does.



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