Women of the World Poetry Slam

Women of the World Poetry Slam is a performance poetry tournament designed for individual competition, where poets will perform four poems of varying lengths during preliminary bouts. The top poets will go on to finals to compete for the title of, The 2016 Women of the World Champion!

What are the rules?

  • Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
  • Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  • The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
  • Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

Preliminary Bouts: Thursday & Friday – The order in which poets perform in the first round of each bout is assigned by a random draw at registration. Poets will compete in in one, two round bout each night, having a different slate of competitors each night. The first round of every bout will have a calibration poet, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a sorbet. Competing poets should be familiar with the Preliminary Bout format.

THURSDAY: 4 & 1 minute poems

First Round: poets read a four minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a one minute poem.

FRIDAY: 2 & 3 minute poems

First Round: poets read a two minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a three minute poem.

The top twelve poets of all bouts advance to the finals.

SATURDAY: Final Stage

The thirteenth ranked poet is designated the calibration poet. All poems in the finals are three minute poems and no poems may be repeats from earlier in the tournament.

First Round: Twelve poets read, top seven move to the second round.

Second Round: Seven poets read, top ranked four of to final round.

Final Round: Four poets read and the poet with the highest score is crowned the Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion.  If there is a tie between the top two poets, they read one more poem in a sudden death match. Judges indicate which poet they prefer and the champion is crowned.

Still have questions? Check it: Poetry Slam Inc. WOWPS FAQ


Please note the dates of registration.