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April 4, 2017

12th Annual Voice2Youth Poetry Slam

Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 pm Poetry competition showcasing 3rd—12th grade students, Book sale, Music and more Admission is free and donations will be appreciated.  For more information call (817) 306-4441   Poetry Slam Registration    

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Poetry Slam Guidelines and Rules

Click here for Poetry Slam Registration!

How does it work?  First, each team from each category (Elementary, middle and high school) receives a chance to perform an original poem together.  Next, individual poets have the opportunity to perform their original poem.  The highest scoring team and individual from each competing category will win a cash prize.  All participants receive recognition.

Poetry Slam Scoring Scoring

There will be five qualified judges. Each judge will receive a set of scoring cards, one with whole numbers (1-10) and one with decimal numbers (.1-.9).  Here’s an example of possible scores: 1.9, 5.3, 10, 10 and 10. The highest and lowest scores are dropped, leaving a possible total score of 25.3 points.

Categories & Prizes – 1st place winners will receive cash prizes.  All participants will receive recognition.

Individual Categories   1st Place Prizes                   Team Categories 1st Place Prizes

3-5th grade individual                 $25                                                3-5th graders                 $100

6-8th grade individual                 $25                                                6-8th graders                 $100

9-12th grade individual               $25                                                9-12th graders               $100

A team may comprise: 2 to 5 poets from the same or different grades within a specified category.  However, we suggest preparing at least 10 students just in case.

Bouts: Only in the event of a tie will there will be a second bout.

  • First bout: All contestants will receive an opportunity to perform.
  • Second bout: Only contestants whose score ties with someone in their category.

Poetry Slam Rules



  • Poems must be original.
  • Absolutely no profanity is allowed.
  • No props!
  • This is a performance, not a reading. Choreographed movements and other unique expressions are encouraged.
  • Each contestant must submit a Parent Consent & Release form signed by a parent/guardian to participate. ParentConsent&Release-PoetrySlam
  • Performances are timed.  Each poet or poetry team gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period).  If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  • Participants must submit a written copy of the poem they plan to perform at least 3 days in advance.  
  • Students who attend the slam must be accompanied by a teacher, parent, or a coach.

If you need more information call: (817) 306-4441