This is a poetry slam & this is the official “Emcee Spiel”

Each poet will have three minutes to perform one poem of their own construction. No props, costumes, or musical accompaniment are allowed. Each poem will be scored by our panel of five judges which have been chosen from the audience. We’ll drop the high and low scores, and add the middle three together. We’ll keep a running total and let you know how it turns out.

Judges!¬†You will score each poem on a scale of 0.0 – 10.0, considering both content and performance, so 10.0 would be an earth shattering text performed perfectly, and 0.0 would be the worst poem you could imagine performed. We encourage you to use decimals, as this helps avoid ties (use no more than two decimal places only, please.) And, we IMPLORE you to remain consistent with yourself. Give the poem the score that YOU think it deserves — don’t be influenced by the audience or the other judges.

Austins Premiere Showcase of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry