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Orlando's S.A.F.E.! Words! Poetry! Slam! meets two Thursdays a month at The Milk Bar (2424 E Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803). One of those slams will be a regular format, the other, a special themed slam with its own unique format and set of rules. Our schedule is dependent on factors such as holidays, et cetera. In the week between slams, we host DRAFT PUNK, a live, open-to-the-public writing and performance workshop series where two guest-speakers share tips on their craft, in hopes that slammers take such knowledge with them to the next battle. Typically, we are a two-round poetry slam, with a feature performing between rounds. Our regular slam format consists of 12 poets (random draw if more than 12 sign up) for the first round, with 5 poets advancing to the second round. Scores are clean-slate each round, with ties for first place broken by cumulative score. We are proud to be certified by Poetry Slam, Incorporated, and are thereby eligible as a launchpad to send poets to The National Poetry Slam, Individual Poetry Slam, and Woman of The World Poetry Slam. Winners of each slam get cash and additional prizes, including a victory lap free from the rules of slam (props, music, and costume are allowed, as are cover poems and poems over 3 minutes 10 seconds) as well as a chance to headline a feature slot sometime later in the slam season. Every winner must take a month off slamming so as to avoid winning streaks, allowing other poets a chance to win each month. Winners get one feature per season. This forum is open to all members of the Orlando and global poetry community to allow for networking opportunities, chances for promoters to gather poets for special charity and educational programs and events, and as a spot to share information, including encouraging the public sharing of writing prompts and creative challenges. Above all, S.A.F.E! Words! prides itself on fostering a community that helps all poets and writers of all backgrounds and lifestyles grow better as writers and artists in their dedication to their craft. For more one the official rules of slam, please check out www.poetryslam.com

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