- 1st Round - 3:30
- 2nd Round - 2:00
- 3rd Round - 3:30
*.5 point penalty per every 10 seconds over time limit.
One original poem per round.
No costumes, props, or music is allowed
(2 point deduction).
A panel of 5 judges will score each poem from 0.0-10.0. The top and bottom scores will be dropped, with the three middle scores added to form the final score for that poem.
The poets with the highest cumulative scores at the end of the 1st and 2nd rounds each will advance to the next round.
The poets that make it to the 3rd round automatically qualify to represent Charlotte, NC at the 2023 Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival!