head-to-head poetry slam, judged by audience, for a cash prize
About Nasty Slam
Nasty Slam is a head-to-head poetry slam in Pittsburgh, judged by audience applause. Eight poets enter the competition (first-come, first-served); however, only the winner takes the cash prize (half the door money /at least $200) and THE NASTY SHIRT.
There are rules: We impose a 3-minute time limit, a requirement for original work, and a demand for your worst attitude. $10 to watch, $10 to play.
How to Get Nasty
- 10PM—Sign-up list goes out, closes after 8 poets (additional poets will compete for wildcard spot)
- 10:15PM—Host goes over rules with competitors
- 10:30PM—show begins
- Two poets names are drawn from hat, poets determine who goes first (using rock-paper-scissors). Both poets perform. Audience determines via applause who advances to the next round.
- Rules: Bracket-style competition; 3-minute time limit, no grace; improvise or come prepared, but work must be original; no topic is off limits, but hate speech is not tolerated; no props, costumes, animal acts, or musical accompaniment; all performers are solo—no duets or group pieces.
- As soon as a rule is violated (time-limit, props, etc.), the host will stop the poem in progress. Audience will vote on performance as was.
- Four match-ups in round one. Cut to four poets for round two. Round three is only two poets.
- Poets need 3-4 poems to win competition (2 more if competing for wildcard). Winner is usually allowed a victory poem as well.
- Be prepared to improvise if necessary.
- Winning poet takes half of door cash, at least $200, and a Nasty Slam shirt (if size available).
Nasty Slam Winners
A Small History of Posters
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