Join StAnza’s Digital Slam, starting today!
Yes, that’s right, our online slam competition is open for entries, so that poets from everywhere can join in and audiences can sample the performances and vote for the winner. If you missed out on StAnza’s famous live slam and open mic events at the festival in March, now’s your chance to get involved. We are running this event using all our social media platforms and centred on the StAnza Blog.
We are now open entries from today until 6th July.
To enter, all you have to do is supply an audio or video file of yourself performing your poem. Upload it onto YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, AudioBoo or other online platform. Then send the URL to our designated email address [....].
Your clip should be of a single poem and should last no more than 3 minutes.
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 13th to midday 16th July. The winner will be announced on 16th July after the polls close. The winning performance will be showcased on our platforms on 20th July and we will include a second clip by the winner.
There's just a week to go before the entry period opens for StAnza's Digital Slam, so get your video and audio clips ready for this unique online competition. Here's a reminder of how the slam will work:
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. Like in live slams, there is a time limit for the performance, so your file should not last more than three minutes.
Our judges will then make a shortlist and these entries will be posted on the StAnza blog for the digital 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 20 July.
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!
The Cyber Slam on Saturday was followed by Fife’s Risk-a-Verse Open Mic, which included live and Skyped contributions from poets, most either living in Fife or with Fife connections. Like the Cyber Slam, the Open Mic was webcast and the afternoon was studded with poetic gems. The poets taking part were: Andrew Ferguson (pictured above, who appeared via Skype), Etta Dunn, Andy Jackson, Lyn Moir, Colin Will, Anne Connolly, Milton Balgoni, Eddie Gibbons, Iain Gray, Anna Stewart, Brian Johnstone, Ali ‘Harlequinade’ Maloney, Robin Cairns, Eleanor Livingstone, Kevin Cadwallander.
The return of some of the Cyber Slammers to the mic rounded off a highly successful afternoon, proof of what a digital celebration of poetry offers.
The stakes were high, but StAnza won yesterday’s brilliant Poetry Cyber Slam. Click here to see the results. The team comprised Milton Balgoni as MC, Robin Cairns, Claudia Daventry, Ali ‘Harlequinade’ Maloney and Kevin Cadwallender. The team from Melbourne’s Overload Poetry Festival was led by Santo Cazzati as MC, with Ezra Bix, Benjamin IQ Sanders, and two poets, Graham and Andrea, who had come through during earlier heats in Melbourne.
Melbourne's Ezra Bix performs.
Round one gave the poets a chance to show off their best work and Kevin Cadwallender’s ‘Dalek’ poem (with Dalek impersonation) went down a storm with the Melbourne and St Andrews audiences. Round two was themed around respective countries, making for some great jokes about stereotypes, and round three was a team effort, providing the poets with a new challenge.
While Scotland and Australia are used to competing on the rugby field, the prospect of a Skype Slam between poets from both nations opened up all sorts of exciting possibilities, not least being able to webcast vibrant live poetry to a world audience. We are waiting for the confirmed numbers of those who followed the event online but they look to be healthy. Comments made via Twitter praised the quality of the webcast and of the poetry performed.
Sticking to that sporting theme, now that StAnza (and Scotland) have taken poetry’s equivalent of the Ashes, a rematch could well be in the offing…
Calling Fife poets: come along and Risk a Verse in StAnza’s first digital open mic! Straight after our epic StAnza v. Melbourne slam this Saturday, 11 September, hosted by Fife poet Milton Balgoni (right), at the Byre Theatre, we are holding another innovative event, giving local talented poets the chance to showcase their work to a live audience and worldwide via Skype.
Part of Fife's Year of Culture, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Fife poets, wherever they are based, who'd like to Skype in a contribution should get in touch, too, via email@example.com. Distance is no barrier whether you want to take part or to cheer the performers along. For more details, click here.