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Slam Jam

General theme guidelines, ultimately any Social issue that matter to the poets can be focused on

  • Youth
  • Home / Homelessness
  • Community
  • Environment / Environmental Justice
  • Education formal / Informal
  • Teenage Pregnancy/issues
  • Pan Africanism
  • Food / Hunger
  • Homophobia
  • Heritage
  • Social Movements / Resistance
  • Xenophobia
  • Rural / Urban Life
  • Hope / Praise
  • Abuse
  • Other societal issues that matter to you

Rules & Regulations:

  • Poems must be submitted in a form of a video (MP4, AVI)
  • Poems must be original and the poets own work.
  • Submission videos should not have been submitted anywhere else (other digital slams/projects)
  • Videos must be original and not contain other people’s copyrighted material
  • Poems must fall within the themes prescribed
  • Poets must prepare at least two videos, one for the application(round 1) and one for the grand finale(round 2) should they advance to the next round.
  • Each poem/video must be no more than 3 minutes in length. (The poets will have a 10 second grace period, after which scores will be penalized, 0.5 points for each 10 seconds beyond, starting at 3 minutes 11 seconds (e.g. up to 3:10 – no penalty; 3:11 to 3:20 – 0.5 points penalty; 3:21 to 3:30 – 1 point penalty, etc.).
  • Poems should be suitable for young audiences. (Excessive violence, sexually explicit content, explicit language and/or degrading language to any group of people are discouraged).
  • Poets must be residing within South Africa to be eligible to enter the competition.
  • When requested, poets will be required to provide proof that they are indeed residents of South Africa,failure of which will result in their immediate disqualification from the competition.
  • Due to the nature of submissions, props, costumes and/or instruments are permissible 
  • Poems can be in any of the official South African languages.
  • Poets may not do introductions to their poems.
  • Poets must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • The top 10 scoring poets from the submissions will advance to the finale.
  • Poets that advance to the finale may NOT repeat the poem used during submission.
  • Poets who have competed in previous seasons of the competition may not compete with the same poems; they will need to perform new poems.