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The Inspired Word's 2014 NYC Poetry Slam - Get in the Running for $1000!

Price: $10.00 /per person
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Get in the running for $1000 in year-end prize money!

The Inspired Word's 2014 Slam Master Jam poetry slam qualifiers will be held the 3rd Saturday of the month, from March 2014 to November 2014, at Funkadelic Studios.

March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
Aug. 16
Sept. 20
Oct. 18
Nov. 15

The championship will be held Saturday, Dec. 6.


This is an OPEN COMPETITION for the 1st 25 poets who either sign up at the door or pay in advance via this link.

The winners of the 8 qualifiers will be eligible to face off in the championship finals on Saturday, Dec. 6 for $1000 in total prize money:

1st place - $500

2nd place - $200

3rd place - $100

4th place - $75

5th place - $50

6th place - $25

7th place - $25

8th place - $25

Time limit escalates from 3 minutes in the first round to 4 minutes in the last two rounds.


When: EVERY 3rd Saturday from March through November!

Where: Funkadelic Studios

209 West 40th Street (near the corner of 7th Avenue), 5th floor

Manhattan, New York

Phone: (212)[masked], (917)[masked]

By subway, take the A/E/C/B/D/F/M/R/Q/N/1/2/3 to 42nd Street.

Time: Sign-up for the slam starts @ 7pm, slam starts 7:30pm.

Cover Charge: $10

Purchase advance tickets via



25 slots, three rounds:

First round - 25 (3-minute time limit)

Second round - Top 4 (4-minute time limit)

Third round - Top 2 (4-minute time limit)

Guidelines: strict time limit each round (though there's a ten-second grace period; if the person goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score), must be original work, must be a different piece each round (so MAKE SURE you bring THREE pieces).


Of the scores the person receives from five judges, the high and low scores will be dropped and the middle three get added together, giving the person a total score of 0-30. The highest scores in each round advance.


Produced by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word


For almost 20 years, Funkadelic Studios NYC has been the place for all types and levels of musicians to jam and practice their art. The New York rehearsal space has seen it all, from a band’s first practice, to major label acts preparing for a European tour! Indie-folk, jazz, hip hop, rock, blues, country, electro, you name the genre, it’s been practiced at Funkadelic.

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