Close this search box.

Mini Poetry Slam at Calgary Fringe (August 4)

Mini Poetry Slam at Calgary Fringe

Sunday, August 4th, 2024
9:15pm signup
9:30pm participants announced
9:45pm – 11:00pm showtime

Festival Hall
1215 – 10th Ave SE

$22 cover
Buy tickets here.
Selected slam participants will receive a refund on their cover charge. 

This is a fundraiser. All ticket sale proceeds are split between the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Calgary Poetry Slam.

Join us at Fringe After Dark for a mini version of the Calgary Poetry Slam! Six performers will be selected by random draw and will each read two poems (3 minutes max.) The poet with the highest combined score after two rounds will be the winner! 

Cash prizes! 1st place gets $100, 2nd place gets $50

Hosted by Calgary Poetry Slam’s Matt Miller. 


What is a poetry slam?

Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. After performing, they receive scores (0-10) from randomly selected judges. The judges can be anyone: they don’t even need to be poets! Scores are awarded based on how much each judge likes a poem. The purpose of this judging process is to make poetry participatory for everyone. Slam poetry doesn’t need to be a specific form of poetry.

What do I need to bring?

• $22 entrance fee (can purchase tickets ahead of time online, or pay at the door. Both cash and card payments accepted.)
• 2 poems, each less than 3 minutes.
• Friends! The bigger the audience, the better the show!

What are the rules?

• No props, no costumes, no animal acts, no nudity.
• No booing.
• Keep your poem under 3 minutes and 10 seconds or you’ll lose points.

CONTENT WARNING: poetry slams often deal with hard topics such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, grief and death, social issues, etc.

We hope to see you there!

Shopping cart0
There are no products in the cart!