Spokane Poetry Slam will hold a Finals competition to crown a Spokane Grand Slam Champion and name a team to represent Spokane at the National Poetry Slam every year. Finals will be held on the third Sunday in April, and the top eight poets from the previous 12 months of slams will qualify. The top four from that competition will make up the team that represents Spokane at the National Poetry Slam. The person who wins Finals will represent Spokane at the Individual World Poetry Slam, or if the person identifies as a woman or is AFAB gender-fluid/non-binary, they may choose to represent Spokane at the Women of the World Poetry Slam instead. Outlined below is the ranking system for poets to qualify to compete in Finals.
Poets will earn ranking points by finishing in the top three at monthly slams. First place earns three (3) points, second place earns two (2) points, and third place earns one (1) point. A running tally will be kept to keep track of how many points each poet accumulates over the course of the year. The eight poets with the most points will compete in finals, and the top four or five finishers (depending on the PSI rules of that given year) will have the right to represent Spokane at the National Poetry Slam, held during the first week of August every year.
ATTENTION! From what I understand, there was a NO REPEAT rule in effect during the previous incarnation of Spokane Poetry Slam. That rule is NO LONGER IN EFFECT. If you want to read the exact same poem in August that you read in July, go right ahead. If you have revised, polished, or gotten better at performing a poem, why wouldn’t you do it again? If you have a poem that gets a 30 every time, why would you do something else? Keep performing that poem until someone beats you, if you want. Heck, you can keep performing it after someone beats you.
–Danielle Estelle Ramsay, Devine Devine, & Zack Graham, Commissioners, Spokane Poetry Slam
Below is an example of how points can accumulate:
Hypothetical Results for May:
First place (3 points): Walt
Second place (2 points): Aldous
Third place (1 point): Sylvia
Hypothetical Results for June:
First place (3 points): Aldous
Second place (2 points): Sylvia
Third place (1 point): Pablo
The rankings after these two pretend months would be as follows: