WHAT IS A SLAM? Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.
HOW ARE SLAMS JUDGED? A slam is an event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the community. The judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poet's content and performance.
BASIC RULES ARE:
Each poem must be of the poet's own construction.
The poetry can vary in length, and topics. Nothing can be too graphic or explicit.
The poet should give some information about themselves, pictures never hurt either.