Get ready for the StAnza Digital Slam! Starting 29 June

Friday 15 June 2012

During StAnza back in March, one of our followers on Twitter commented that it would have been nice to have been able to attend our Open Mic in person and to make up for it, sent us a poem online.

The festival has a reputation for developing ideas for online events. With a Skype slam and a day-long digital festival, Distant Voices, in our back catalogue, the opportunity had come to try something new and different. Out of one small tweet, an idea was born.

While the Olympic torch was wending its way through Scotland this week, we thought we should get into the spirit of things and launch a competition for poetic champions, such as our friend on Twitter, to take part in. So StAnza is holding a brand new digital slam competition to start on 29th June. There’s plenty of time to polish those poems and limber up the vocal chords for our online alternative to traditional open mics and slams.

We will be announcing more details nearer the time, but here’s an outline of what’s involved – as competitions go, it’s unique:

To enter, all you have to do is record an audio/video file of your poetry performance and upload it onto YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, AudioBoo or other online platform. Then send a URL to our designated email address, which we will make available from 29th June to 6th July.  So put that date in your calendar.

Our judges will then make a shortlist and these entries will be posted on the StAnza blog for the online audience to view and then cast their votes, using our dedicated voting link. Voting will be from midday 13 to midday 16 July. The winner will be announced on 16 July and we will post the winning recording on our blog, along with a second one on 20 July. In the spirit of slams the world over, we will award a mystery prize that will be of little monetary value but totally covetable. And we will showcase the winner’s two recordings on all our other media platforms.

We'll post full entry details - rules and stuff - next week, so keep checking the blog and our social media!

You can follow this event on Twitter via @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam and Facebook