Sacrificial poems along the way by noted poets
Introductions & rules:
  • Each poet recites their own work, no props, not longer than 3 minutes
  • Audience participation is encouraged--cheer, sigh, but mostly cheer
  • Judges will score from 1-10 or anything in between, but they are to be consistent. We throw out the top and bottom scores then add the remaining 3 scores for the total.
  • Each competitor recites their work.
  • Winner will be announced on the Morning News the next day.

Judging Criteria for Self Written:
On a scale from 1-10 (1-very poor, 10-excellent), grade the performer in the following categories:

1. Quality of writing: word play, use of imagery, rhythm, alliteration, etc. _

2. Content: topic of the poem demonstrates substance, relevance, etc. _

3. Delivery: poet displays confidence, stage presence, passion _

4. Voice: projection, vocal modulation, clarity_

5. Audience’s reaction: how would you rate the group’s enjoyment of the poetic experience? _

Poems written by other poets:

Here's a sample from Colorado:

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From Teen Poetry Slams
  • Poets must perform their own original works.
  • No music, costumes or props allowed.
  • Poets should not make any introductions or preambles for their poem. They should simply speak their name into the mic and begin. Timing begins with the first word after the poet speaks their name.
  • Time limit is 3 minutes, 30 seconds. A half point will be deducted by each judge for every 5 seconds past the time limit:
  • Five (or so) judges are selected.
  • Each judge will assign a score of up to 10 points.
  • The highest and lowest scores are dropped, leaving the remaining three figures as the poet’s score. Thus, the highest score that any poet could earn is 30.
JUDGING CRITERIA: Poets will be judged by the following:
  • Word Play: Clever use of imagery, word rhythm, alliteration, etc.
  • Content: Topic shows substance, relevance, insightfulness, etc.
  • Delivery: Poet displays confidence, stage presence, emotion, etc.
  • Voice: Projection, clarity, vocal variety, etc.