Prosetry Slam

Poetry Slam Rules for entry:

1.     Anyone, regardless of, race, sex education, class, disability, gender, or sexuality, can compete (age restrictions apply).

2.     Poems can be about any subject and any format including free verse but must be the creation of the performing poet.

3.     Poems are not to exceed a three-minute limit (with 10-second grace period); if they do, points are deducted by the scorekeeper. The poem/performance will lose .5 (point 5) off of their score for each 10 seconds they go over.

4.     No props may be used when performing the poem.

5.     No musical accompaniment or musical instruments may be used when performing, but the poet is allowed to sing, clap, hum, or make noise with the mouth or other body parts.

6.     Poets may perform on their own or in groups with other poets.

7.     Memorization is not required or necessary. The poet may choose to bring a sheet of paper or chapbook to the stage to read off of their phone(s)

What is a ‘Prosetry' Slam?

Generally a Prosetry Slam is pretty much the same as a Poetry Slam we just changed it up a bit. It, combines the elements of performance, writing, competition, and audience participation.

What Makes Slam Poetry Different From Traditional Poetry?

The difference is simple: this type of poetry is meant to be performed, spoken aloud and listened to, not read off a page. The name slam came from how the audience has the power to praise or, sometimes, destroy a poem and from the high-energy performance style of the poets.

 A typical poetry slam might include all sorts of different types of poetry, including love poems, critical social commentary, hilarious comic poems and moving personal confessions.

Though it is a “competition,” poetry slams are a safe, supportive space for artists and participants to share in the experience of poetry.


1.     Make your poetry slam original. The written piece must be original. ...

2.     Pay attention to time. Each poet has 3 minutes to perform. ...

3.     Keep it simple and relatable. Your poem should be able to reach your audience the first time it's heard. ...

4.     Perform with rhythm and passion. ...

5.     Practice

9 Topics & Ideas for Your Next Slam Poem

  • Write a letter. When I was in grade school, the teacher once asked us to write a letter to anyone who is no longer with us. ...
  • I'm sorry. ...
  • Religion. ...
  • Social Issues. ...
  • An incident that shaped you or changed you. ...
  • Love. ...
  • The Biography. ...
  • Frustration or Anger.

We recommend trying your hand at Blackout poetry?

What is blackout poetry?

Blackout poetry is when you take a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and redact (blackout words), in order to come up with your very own poetry!

Examples can be found here



The poem may NOT include sexist, racist, homophobic, or transphobic comments. Basically, leave your hate at the gate. However anger, upset and frustration are totally legit emotions to express in your poem, just be creative in how you go about doing it.


The poet receives scores out of 10 from five randomly-selected judges. The high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score out of 30.

Prizes awarded as follows:
1st Prize-£50
2nd Prize-£25
3rd Prize- bottle of CreativeSpice Shine (worth £12)