This is an announcement of interest to any poet who is looking towards the semis and finals of Capital Slam AND/OR Urban Legends.
There has been talk about whether individual poets would have to choose which of the slam series they wished to participate in, when it comes time for the semi-finals. The past two years Urban Legends has held their semi-finals after the CapSlam finals, so poets were able to compete for CapSlam and if they did not make the CapSlam team, they could still try to make the Urban Legends team.
That is changing this year, but not the level of ‘forcing’ a poet to choose.
This year, for the first time, CapitalSlam will be holding TWO semi-finals instead of one. Each will have 8 poets competing with the top 4 from each semi moving on to the finals. Unlike previous years, the Finals will start all poets at zero and the semi-finals scores will not be carried over. (The semis will be seeded based on the end of season standings.)
The semi-finals will be held on April 20th and May 4th at the Mercury Lounge. The Finals will be held on June 1st at the Alumni Auditorium at U of O.
The Urban Legends semi-finals will be held during May on a date TBA, but AFTER the CapSlam semi-finals on May 4th.
This means that any poet who qualifies for the CapSlam semi-finals and chooses to compete, but then does not finish in the Top 4 at the semi-finals, is free to compete in the Urban Legends semi-finals (if they otherwise qualify). Any poet who competes in the CapSlam semi-finals and MAKES IT to the finals will be ineligible to compete in the Urban Legends semi-finals.
When the CapSlam semi-finalists are announced on April 6th, the poets will need to decide fairly quickly whether they agree to participate, so think about it now so you are ready when the time comes.