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The Wat You Mean? Poetry Slam is a poetry slam that will feature 25 poets competing for a chance to win $3,000 in cash prizes.


1st Place: $2000

2nd Place: $750

3rd Place: $250


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Slam Details

The scores for round 1 and 2 will be cumulative. In the final round previous scores are dropped and the highest score of that round is crowned the winner. The order will be determined by random draw prior to each round.
  • Original poet count: 25
  • Poets in the Second Round: 14
  • Poets in the Third Round: 8


  • Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
  • Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  • The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
  • Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

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