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The San Diego PoetrySLAM is slowly becoming one of the nation’s premiere poetry slam venues. It provides a space for poets of all skill levels to fellowship and support each other in a competitive atmosphere while facilitating a transformational experience for the audience.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

How often does the slam happen?

The San Diego PoetrySLAM happens on the 2nd Monday of every month


Is a slam the same as an open mic?

Not exactly. A slam is a competition with judges


What is a Qualifier?

Qualifiers are 2 round slam competitions and the top competitors will earn points towards the Grand Slam Finals.


What is the point system?

1st place = 4 points, 2nd place = 3 points, 3rd place = 2 points, 4th place = 1 point 


How many Qualifiers are there?

There will be 4 qualifiers (September, October,  November, December. The top 8 competitors will compete in the Grand Slam on January 9th. 


Where do I sign up?

If you're interested in signing up, you have to line up on the south side of the door. Audience members line up on the north side.


How do I sign up for the slam?

1 slot reserved for slam alumni.

The next 6 slots will be 1st come 1st serve and we will have a lottery for the last 2 slots.


What time should I get there to sign up?

The earlier you get there, the more likely you are to get a slot. Sign ups close at 7:45 pm.


How many poems should I have?

All competitors should have at least 3 poems


Is there a time limit for poems?

Yes, poems have to be under 3 minutes and 10 seconds


Can I use a prop or a costume?

No, using a prop or costume will lead to disqualification


Can I use a poem that someone else wrote?

No, poems have to be written and performed by its original author.


How do I make the team?

The top competitors of the season will qualify for the finals and the top 5 from the finals will be the slam team

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