The Urban Legends Womxn's Slam was launched in 2017 to create space for, and centre the voices of womxn, and those who align with womanhood. People of all genders are welcome to attend to witness the power of Womxn's voices and art, but are asked to be conscious of the safer space we're trying to create. Come share in celebrating womanhood throughout the Urban Legend Poetry season!

The Womxn's Slam is a poetry competition open to those who identify as women, or with womanhood. There are two preliminary slams during the slam season, and a final slam where top-ranking performers will be invited to compete for a chance to represent Ottawa at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. If any performer would like to qualify for the Womxn's Slam finals, but can't make it to a preliminary bout, they can compete in any other poetry slams in the season, and be sure to self-identify to one of the organisers.


ORIGINAL WORK: Poets must perform original work.

LENGTH: You have three minutes to perform one poem in each round, unless otherwise informed of a special time limit. Poems written in parts (i.e. eight haiku about winter) are allowed if they are performed as one piece. For certain competitions the time limit is changed; this will be announced in advance.

TIME PENALTY: After three minutes and a ten second grace period, your overall score will be penalized. Time penalties are half a point for every ten second you go over. For example: if your performance is 3:09:29, you are in the clear. If it is 3:10:01, 0.5 points will be subtracted from your score. 

PROPS: You cannot use props, costumes or musical accompaniment. You can beat box, make arm pit noises, whistle, or sing. You cannot break out the kazoo or bring a beat loop.


MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: You cannot use any musical instruments for your performance that cannot be produced by your body alone. 


NUDITY: No Nudity (Sorry)

JUDGES: Your poem and performance will be judged by five randomly selected judges before the show. Every effort is made to select a diverse group of judges that preferably do not have any connections to any of the competing poets. If a poet has a problem with any of the judges selected, they should notify the host before the competition begins.

SCORING: The judges will score each performance from 0.0 to 10.0. If we have five judges the high and low scores are dropped and the three scores in the middle are added together. This sum is your score for the round. 


SIGN-UP: Sign-up is an open sign-up and is first-come-first-serve. If you have performed before you may be added to a waiting list and will be included in the evening’s slam if there are no new slammers.