MEMPHIZM Poetry Slam Procedure

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					MEMPHIZM Poetry Slam- Rules and Procedures
*All first time competitors must be screened in person by Duran Jackson.
           Potential poets aren’t screened for style or individual flare
           Poets ARE screened for length of poems. (2 – 3 minutes 10 seconds)
           Ability to deliver the poem fluidly without awkward hesitation or errors in delivery be it
            memorized or read.


Rules
A poetry slam is a competition where poets have 3 minutes with a ten second grace period to
recite an ORIGINAL poem. No props, no music just your own body. Can't use your hat or
your clothes just your mic your voice your heart. Memphizm Poetry Slams are 3 rounds, with
5 judges scoring on a scale of O to 1O. The high and low score will be dropped leaving the 3
middle scores to determine the score. In the event of a tie, all FIVE scores will be tallied to
determine the tie breaker. The poet with the highest cumulative score (total from all three
rounds), will be named champion. No judge will be related to, romantically involved with or
friends with any of the poets. The order for the poets will be RANDOM, meaning names will
be pulled from a container. This process will be done EACH round to ensure INTEGRITY. If
a poet goes over the 3:1O time limit. He or she will be docked .5 for every 1O seconds over.
For example if a poet goes over 11 seconds, he or she will be docked 1 point from their score
for the corresponding round. Last but not least, ABSOLUTELY NO FRATERNIZING OR
SUBLIMINAL INFERENCES DIRECTED AT ANY JUDGES WILL BE TOLERATED
ACTIONS CAN OR MAY LEAD TO AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION!


Procedures
Entry fee for all Memphizm Poetry Slams will be based upon amount of cash prize.

Cash Prize Ranges
$50 - $125 / $10 Entry Fee
$125+ - $200 / $15 Entry Fee
$200+ - $400 / $20 Entry Fee
$400+ - $600 / $30 Entry Fee
$600+ - $800 / $40 Entry Fee
$800+ - $1,000 / $50 Entry Fee


Entry fee is non-refundable. Deadline for entry is 24 hours before start of slam. Deadline for
out of town poets is 45 minutes before start of slam. Monthly slams usually start at 8:30 pm,
any changes will be made known in marketing materials. ALL poets must arrive at venue(
Zodiac Restaurant and Lounge {6135 Mt. Moriah Memphis,TN 38115}) by 8:00 pm.
At the door there will be a sign in sheet. Sign in and familiarize yourself with the venue and
feel free to network with other poets.

VENDING POETS
All poets looking to set up vending space need to arrive by 7:30 pm to ensure time to set up.
Vending fee is $10. Vending should be paid along with slam entree fee. Zodiac R & L has 5
VIP rooms, most ideal vending locations will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
Each room can comfortably provide vending space for 4 poets each.
Contact Info
Tayannia Kerr – Memphizm Event Coordinator
901.690.1501 (Please leave a vmail I will respond to all inquiries at my earliest convenience)

Duran Jackson/Memphizm/ Memphis Memphizm Mecca
901.289.0490 (Please leave a vmail I will respond to all inquiries at my earliest convenience)
memphizm@gmail.com
twitter.com/memphizm
facebook.com/memphizm
facebook.com/memphismemphizmmecca

				
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