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The Rules

Poetry slams take the poem from the page and onto the stage, where your work is judged by an audience and by a panel of judges. In order to do well, like in all things, you have to know the rules. So here goes:

  1. Each poem must be the writer's OWN WORK.
  2. Each writer gets five minutes (plus a 10-second grace period) to read one poem.
  3. If the writer goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  4. The writer may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.
  5. Poems will be judged based on their literary merit, but realize a good performance may capture a judge’s attention.
  6. Of the scores the writer receives from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped, and the middle three are added, giving the poet a total score of 0 to 30.

Poetry Slam!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Sign up starts at 6 PM

Slam starts at 6:30 PM


$2 cover


Held at:

Dante's Bar
14 W. Main Street
Frostburg, MD 21532

Come out Thursday, October 9, 2014, to Dante's Bar to participate in the Poetry Slam, hosted by the Frostburg's Center for Creative Writing to kick off the 6th annual Indie Lit Festival. For a chance to win cash prizes, participants must read their poems on stage in front of a crowd of people and be judged on their performance and the quality of their writing.

Sign up starts at 6 the day of the program, slam starts at 6:30. Anyone over 18 can participate. Readers are encouraged to invite friends and family to help cheer them on. A $2 cover helps pay for the prizes.

For more information on the Indie Lit Festival, visit