Location: Blumenthal Performing Arts Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon Street Charlotte NC 28202.
Time: 8 PM Price: $12 general admission (includes a $2 facility fee)
*If a poet shows up after the sign-up cut off time has passed and there are still available slots in the slam, they will be allowed to compete. They will perform first. If there are multiple late poets and there are available slots, they will draw for order. *
The 12 slots are broken down in this manner:
1-4 first come first served
5-9 lottery style drawing
10-11 out of town poet(s)-if no one has signed up by 7:30 these slots become a part of the lottery
12 last month’s winner-If the winner of the last month’s slam doesn’t sign up by 7:30, their slot becomes part of the lottery.
The competition will be a 3 round slam with elimination each round. The 1st and 2nd round will be cumulative with a clean slate in the 3rd round.
Random.org will be used to determine the order of the first round. In the 2nd round, the poet with the highest score will perform first and the round will end with the poet with the lowest score. Random.org willl be used in the 3rd round to determine their order.
In the event that there is a tie for first place, the poets will perform a tie breaker poem.
(This is done ONLY
if time allows.)
If this results in another tie, the poet with the highest cumulative score will be determined the winner. (The poets will be given the option to share the 1st and 2nd place prize money and the title.)
If there is a tie for 2nd – 4th place, the poet with the highest cumulative score will be determined the winner. If the cumulative scores result in a tie, the poets will share the prize money.
The top 3 poets will
receive a cash prize
2nd place ~$75.00
SlamCharlotte utilizes a point system to determine which poets will advance to the grand slam finals in April.
Points are awarded for each slam from August through February with the exception of the women’s slam because it is open only to a select demographic.
The points are awarded based on the following:
1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
4th place 1 point
No Repeat Rule:
Poets who successfully make it to the third round of competition can not repeat that poem again during the season. If they are invited back to the finals competition in April, they will be allowed to repeat any poem used in the 3rd round at that time. If a poet repeats a poem they have previously used in the third round during the season, they will be disqualified from the possibility of returning to compete in the Grand Slam Finals.
If there is a tie breaker round, the poem used DOES NOT count under the no repeat rule.
Grand Slam Finals Poet Selection:
The 12 poets with the highest accumulation of points at the end of the February slam will be invited to participate in the Grand Slam Finals. The list of the top 12 poets will be posted on the SlamCharlotte website. In the event that a poet included in the top 12 is unable or unwilling to compete in the Grand Slam Finals, the next poet on the list will be contacted to compete. Only poets placing in the top 4 throughout the season will be included in the poets invited to participate in the Grand Slam Finals in April.
The Grand Slam Finals occurs yearly in April. The top 12 poets will compete for a spot on the slam team.
The competition will be a 3 round slam with elimination each round. Poets will draw numbers to determine the order of the 1st round. The order for the 2nd round will be determined by the poets score, the poet with the highest score will go first and the poet with the lowest score will go last. The 1st and 2nd round will be cumulative and the 3rd round will be clean slate.
The top 4 poets at the end of the 2nd round will be the slam team. The 3rd round will be used to determine the grand slam champion.
The poet with the highest score will go first and the poet with the
lowest score will go last.
SlamCharlotte will purchase the PSI membership at the associate level for the Grand Slam Champ. The poet will be responsible for his/her membership renewal thereafter. The remaining team members are responsible for purchasing/renewing their PSI membership.
No Walk Rule: SlamCharlotte encourages poets to slam at various venues. However, we feel strongly about poets who MAKE multiple slam teams thus holding slots on various teams “hostage” until they decide where they want to slam.
Effective with the April 2012 Grand Slam Finals, if a poet has made a slam team prior to SlamCharlotte’s Grand Slam Finals, they must decide whether they will remain on that team or slam in the Grand Slam Finals. If they decide not to slam at the Grand Slam Finals the next eligible poet will be invited to participate. If a poet who has made SlamCharlotte’s team is eligible to slam in another Grand Slam Finals, they must declare their intentions to remain on the team or slam for another team. If the poet fails to declare their intentions, the slammaster reserves the right to replace them with the 5th place Grand Slam Finals poet.
Team Member Financial Obligation:
The slam master and financial advisor will attempt to raise funds to cover the registration fee for all PSI events, Southern Fried, the cost of airfare, hotel, and per diem. Team members will receive a written financial report at the second team meeting and a verbal report each week thereafter. In the event that the slam master and the financial advisor are unable to secure enough funds to meet budget, the team members/SlamCharlotte representative are expected to assist in fundraising and/or cover the cost of the trip themselves. In the event that budget is not meet and the team member/SlamCharlotte representative is unable to meet the financial obligation, the team member replacement rule will be utilized.
Team Practice Schedule:
The new team will meet directly after the Grand Slam Finals and no later than a week after finals to discuss team practice and expectations. SlamCharlotte historically practices 2 times a week and the schedule is established based on the team member(s) availability. Team members are expected to attend each practice/scheduled team performances. In the event that the team member is unable to attend practice or a scheduled performance, they are required to contact the slam master or coach to make them aware of this. Excessive absences from practice or scheduled performances may result in the slam master replacing that team member.
Team Member Replacement:
In the event that a poet is unable or unwilling to perform their duty as a SlamCharlotte team member, the 5th ranked
poet from finals will be contacted.
The subsequent poets will be contacted down to the 12th poet until the spot is filled.
In the event that the vacant spot on the team can’t be filled with the remaining poets from the grand slam finals, SlamCharlotte will have an open last chance slam. The slam will be limited to the first 12 poets to sign up.
**These rules can be changed at the discretion of the slam master. Any changes will be posted to the SlamCharlotte yahoo group and the website.**
29 June 2015 (Stage Door Theater)
(Carolina Slam Tour....mock slam between North Carolina teams to raise funds to reduce the travel expenses to the National Poetry Slam)
17 July 2015
Featuring Theresa Davis
21 August 2015
Featuring Dasan Ahanu
18 Sept. 2015 (McGlohon Theater)
Featuring Talicha Johnson
16 Oct. 2015
Featuring Ebony Payne
20 Nov. 2015
Featuring Kevin Sandbloom
18 Dec. 2015
Featuring Lauren Bullock
15 Jan. 2016 ~(Come help Inkera celebrate her born day/month)
Featuring Jonathan Samuel Eddie
19 Feb. 2016~(iWPS qualifier..the winner represents the QC)
Featuring Christopher Michael
18 March 2016
(Celebrating the women we know and love-Power of SHE Slam )
Featuring Moses West
15 April 2016
(GRAND SLAM FINALS: the top 4 poets form the new slam team)
20 May 2016
17 June 2016 (Stage Door Theater) (Come help Bluz celebrate his Born Day)
(Carolina Slam Tour....mock slam between North and South Carolina teams to raise funds to reduce the travel expenses to the National Poetry Slam
** The March 2016 slam will be open to women only. The winner of the slam will represent SlamCharlotte at the Women of the World Poetry Slam**
In order to represent SlamCharlotte at WOWps,the poet must have competed at least twice during the current slam season.
**The winner of the Feb. 2016 slam will represent SlamCharlotte in the individual World Poetry Slam in October.
In order to represent SlamCharlotte at iWPS,the poet must have competed at least twice during the current slam season.
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