How to Qualify for Semi-Finals and the Northampton Poetry Slam Team

So You Think You Want to Compete in Semi-Finals

Up to 16 poets may qualify for semi-finals

You are qualified if you have won a slam during the qualifying season (Including the most recent IWPS and WOWPS qualifiers).

If there are additional spots available, the following conditions apply.  If after any condition, there are additional spots available, proceed to the next condition.

You are qualified:

  • If you came in second to a person who had already won a slam-
  • If you came in second in a slam
  • If you came in third in a slam, where both first and second place had already qualified
  • If you came in third in a slam
  • If you came in fourth in a slam, where 1-3 had already qualified for a slam
  • If you came in fourth in a slam

Tie breakers will be determined by the Slam Master, if needed, by a poet’s additional slam finishes.

Semi-Finals Format:

  • Semi-Finals will be two rounds
  • Round one will be determined by random draw at the beginning of the semi-finals night
  • Round two will be based on the first round scores and will go highest to lowest.
  • There will be an intermission after the first round
  • After the two rounds the top eight poets will proceed to the finals which will be two weeks later

Finals:

  • Finals will be three rounds
  • All eight poets will compete in all three rounds
  • No poems may be repeated from semi-finals
  • Order for the first two rounds, and will be randomly drawn at the beginning of the evening
  • The third round will be determined by the cumulative score of the first two rounds going highest to lowest
  • The top five cumulative score getters will comprise the Northampton Poetry Team for the 2016-2017 year