Sign Up to Slam!
We recommend poets who have never slammed before to watch a slam first. We recommend new writers/performers perform their work at local open mics before signing up to slam.
Poets wishing to slam should arrive at 8:30pm to put their name in the hat to slam. BRING A HAIKU THAT YOU WROTE. If more than 15 poets put their name in the hat we'll have a Haiku slam off at 8:45pm to determine who gets to slam.
Some poets may be pre-selected by participating in a 1 on 1 slam or by other means as announced. Up to 12 poets will be selected to slam. All poets who put their name in the hat get 50% ($5) off the the $10 admission. At our April Slam the final slam before Grand Slam Finals, priority will be given to slammers who already have participated in one or more regular season slams.
It's Friday night, audience members are dressed up, they paid money to get in, maybe hired a babysitter for the night, honor them by bringing work that has been edited, practiced and performed before it hits The Philly Pigeon's stage.
The 1st round will include 10-12 poets
The 2nd round will include top 4 poets from 1st round
The 3rd round will include top 2 poets from 2nd round and will be a head to head slam!
This is a clean slate slam. Only your 2nd round scores determine if you make it to the 3rd round.
In the 3rd round, after both poets have performed the judges pick which poem they liked better to determine the winner.
Qualifying for Grand Slam Finals
The top 11 poets with the most points at the end of the regular season will compete in our Grand Slam Finals.
Points are earned by placing first (12 points), second (8 points), third (4 points), fourth, fifth and sixth (2 points) in a regular season slam. Or earn 1 point by participating in a workshop. Ties will be broken using poets' cumulative scores from each round they performed during the regular season.