UAF 2024 Youth Individual Poetry Slam Sign-up

The Utah Arts Festival is excited to host our annual Youth Individual Poetry Slam.


  • The competition is free to enter and open to all festival attendees 18 years old or younger. There will be a total of 10 available spots for the poetry slam and will selected by random draw.
  • The Youth Indie Poetry Slam will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2024. The competition will begin at 7:00p & end approx 8:00p.
  • The Random Draw for the 10 Spots will take place on Monday, June 24, 2024. Selected Youth Poets will be notified via email
  • All selected poets must be present to verbally verify their participation 30 minutes prior to that start of the Slam. Poets who's names are called but are not present will forfeit their spot.
  • After the 10 Spots have been selected, two additional names will be drawn to as Sacrificial Performers. 
  • Once the names are selected, all Competitors will draw for the order of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds. The poets will pull numbers for each round. The order of the 2nd and third rounds will be selected based off the eliminated poets from the previous round.

Winning poets will receive:

  • 1st Place: $100 & CWC Swag Bag
  • 2nd Place: $50
  • 3rd Place: $25


  • Traditional Slam rules apply: 3 minute time limits w/ 10 second grace period. -.5 for every 10 seconds over. No props, costumes, music etc.
  • 5 Selected judges will score on a 0-10 scale with the highest and lowest score dropped, counting only the 3 middle scores.
  • There will be a total of 3 rounds with eliminations. First round will be 10 performances, 2nd round will be our Top 5 by scores, 3rd round will be Top 3.
  • Scores will reset after each round, aka Clean-Slate. Scores will not carry over from previous rounds. The rankings in which a poet moves on will only be determined by their singular performance in the round. 
  • In case of a tie, both tying poets will move on to the next round. A tie-breaker round may be implemented in the case of a tie in the Final Round for 1st place. Both tying poets will perform once more back to back, and our judges will vote either for Poet A or B as the stronger performance.
  • Family friendly language.