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Contests and Open Calls

Call for Slam Teams and Groups to compete at the 2023 Massachusetts Festival Poetry Slam.

In partnership with Boston Poetry Slam, Mass Poetry invites you to participate in our Festival Slam competition which will take place at the 2023 Massachusetts Poetry Festival on Friday, May 5th in Salem, MA.  The Festival draws in thousands of attendees from across Massachusetts and beyond. This beloved event and Festival favorite will be a lead-up to the NorthBeast Regional Slam that will be hosted by the Boston Poetry Slam in June.

Please view our guidelines below:

  • This slam competition will have 4 rounds with 5 competing teams.
  • If there is an overlap of teams that express interest, then 4 of the teams will be randomly selected via a virtual draw and 1 Pick-Up team will be formed on the day of the slam.
  • Each team must have 4-5 team members.
  • All teams are welcomed! This included but is not limited to: Slam Teams representing a specific Slam Venue, College Teams, Poetry Collectives, etc. 
  • All members competing in the Slam must be 18 years or older by the time of the Slam

If you are interested in slamming or have any question, email the Massachusetts Poetry Manager: [email protected]

About the Boston Poetry Slam: 

The Boston Poetry Slam has been running since 1991 as a space to foster new work and new voices in performance poetry, to drive the evolution of the genre, and to promote poetry to the widest possible audience. The Boston Poetry Slam runs at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA every Wednesday night, giving poets a chance to share their work in the open mic or slam and featuring a headlining poet or theme slam. The show and its community are curated entirely by unpaid volunteers. The current producer of the Boston Poetry Slam is Myles Taylor, who can be reached at [email protected]. For more information, detailed archives on the Boston spoken word scene, or to see our upcoming shows, visit

About the NorthBeast Poetry Slam:

On June 17th-18th, representatives from poetry venues across New England will be competing in a two-day poetry slam and festival at the Cambridge Foundry in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. The festival will also have workshops, readings, a chapbook exchange room, and, above all, opportunities to build and strengthen our community. All-access passes are $25 with a pay-what-you-can option for those who are experiencing financial hardship. More info will be released here (link forthcoming)