On this page: Schedule, Location, Team Info, Poetry Info, Prizes, Rules and Resources.
Friday, April 29, 6:30-9:00
8 teams max
6:00-6:30 Check in --Teams of 4 plus an alternate. Pizza and drinks provided for team members and coaches in our green room.
6:30 Competition begins! 4 rounds--one poet from each team in each round, all poets on a team must compete. Teams may offer a duo or team poem during one round. There will be a 15 min intermission between rounds 2 & 3.
8:30 Awards and optional Take A Stand Against Racism team poems ( see below)
Open mic performance slots available to open each round on first come, first served basis. ( more below)
Stand Against Racism
Every year, Asheville Wordslam is part of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism. Teams are encouraged, but not required, to develop a team poem offering which Takes A Stand Against Racism and perform this at the end of the evening. We hope you will!
Asheville Wordslam is a team event--though poets perform individually to get the team score. There are no individual winners. Just team winners.
Any middle school, home school cooperative or youth organization in the greater Asheville Region can send a team ( ages: 5th-8th grade)
Questions about participant eligibility? Please contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org
Number and Composition of Teams
We can accept up to 8 middle school-age teams.
Members cannot be older than 15 or younger than 10.
We've had lots of requests to increase the team size and we appreciate the interest in youth poetry! Ultimately, to create an event where young poets get the time they need and the quality judging they so richly deserve, we need to limit the size of the teams to four participants plus an alternate.
Number of Poems Needed:
All poets need to bring their very best poem and performance. Teams may offer one duo or team poem during one round.
Open Mic for Youth Poets Who Don't want to Compete:
We will have an open mic for spoken word artists who sign up on the day of the event. This will be limited to a small number of poets and will be on a first come, first served basis.
An additional opportunity exists for 1 poet at each event to be the "calibration" poet--he or she can perform and be judged so that the our judges can "calibrate" their scoring. This poet cannot be a competing team member.
The winning team will receive passes to the Lake Eden Arts Festival in May, to participate in the LEAF Youth Slam- Please note: Coaches are expected to attend LEAF with their team, keep track of and supervise individuals, support them and help them get to the stage on time. You are also responsible for making sure team members leave by the end of the evening.
The winning team will take home the special Asheville Wordslam trophy crafted especially for this event by Allan Wolf, poet, performer and founder of the Asheville Spoken Word scene back in the nineties. .
Dr. Wesley Grant, Southside Center 285 Livingston, Asheville, corner of Livingston and Depot Streets
Competition rules....SAys 2015 but are good for 2016!
Register by April 25
If you are a teacher or a coach/advisor to a team, please register by April 25 at the latest. We will accept a maximum of 8 middle school-age teams on a first come, first serve basis--so decide early, even if you don't have the names of your poets who will attend.
Home school and community organizations that serve youth are encouraged to register.
Click here to register right now!
Pizza, Snacks and Beverages will be provided to team Members in our green room.
Parent Permission Slips and Media Release Forms
Most schools have a standard permission and media release form. We will email Asheville Writers in the Schools media release forms to all teams upon registration. These must be handed in on the day of the event.