Women Of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS)


I’m really happy that I’ll be competing in the Women Of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) next month. It’s my first time taking part in such a large competition and I am both nervous and excited! If you don’t know what WOWPS is you can find out tons of information on the official website. It’s taking place in Austin, Texas this year (a place I’ve never been) and there will be 72 female poets from all over slamming. There are some intimidating names listed but I’m looking forward to meeting them and hearing them all perform. Wish me luck!

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3 thoughts on “Women Of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS)

    1. Thank you Talia!
      How does a poetry slam work you ask? Well it’s a competition between usually 12 poets (more or less poets can compete depending on the type of slam and available poets but 12 is typical). Before the competition 5 judges are selected from the audience. Each poet has up to 3 minutes to perform with a grace period of 10 seconds. So if someone takes longer than 3 mins 10 secs to perform they receive a time penalty.

      After the poet performs (or referred to as “spits their poem”) the judges score them in a range up to 10 and can use decimal points to make it more crazy. So if you hated a poem and thought it was the worst thing you’ve ever heard you could rate it a 1.3 and if it was great you could score it a 9.6 and if you loved it you’d give it a 10. The highest score and the lowest score will be dropped and the sum of the remaining scores will make the poet’s total score.

      Example scores: 8.7, 9.0, 9.4, 9.6, 10

      The lowest score (8.7) and the highest (10) will be dropped so we’d add 9.0+9.4+9.6=28 and the total would be their score. If there were any time penalties during their performance points will be deducted according to how much they went over from their total score.

      There is usually two rounds that eliminate the lower scored poets and the top four usually go to the final round. The poet who scores the best in the last round will be the winner.
      Hopefully that answers your question on how a poetry slam works. I know this was lengthy and possibly hard to follow (I’m not very good at explaining things simplistically lol). Thanks again for the good luck wish!

      1. Thanks 🙂
        The structure of that sounds a lot like Speech and Debate tournaments (time limits, grace periods, rounds, judges). It sounds like a really great experience, I hope you have a fantastic time! 🙂

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