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Monthly Open Mic contest - Win $80!

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From literary to slam, formal to experimental,
read, spoken, and performed,
the Art Bar Open Mic is open to all forms of poetry.

The Art Bar OPen Mic

How it works:

* There are two approaches to reading on the open mic; competitive and non- competitive:

The non- competitive approach is

* open to anyone in the audience
* (However if you read last week on the open mic you cannot read this week)
* Poetry only on the Open Mic
* 3 minutes maximum,
* sign up at the beginning of the evening,

The competitive approach is

* Once a month (usually of the last Tuesday of the month) there will be an Open Mic contest -

* register at least 6 days prior to the reading date (deadline Wednesdays 12 midnight the week prior)
* Submit a copy of your poem (unpublished and original) plus other details
* Poetry only on the Open Mic
* sign up at the beginning of the evening,
* 3 minutes maximum - penalty points for over running the 3 minute maximum time limit.

The prizes

* On the night - one first prize of $80 cash
* The top ten winners over one year may be published in an Art Bar chapbook.

There are two aspects to judging:

* The poem you submit will be assessed to 50% of the total score by an anonymous published poet
* After you have read your poem the audience appreciation (applause) will be measured on a decibel meter for 15 seconds - the higher the decibel count the higher the score - the other 50% of your score

The decision of the your Art Bar host for the evening is final - Absolutely

To enter for open mic competition:

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