2014 Individual World Poetry Slam

The Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) is a four day poetry festival, bringing together 72 of the best performance poets from North America, as well as poets from other parts of the world, to compete for the championship title. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public. Information on event tickets and festival passes coming soon. For more detailed information regarding the structure and rules of the Individual World Poetry Slam, visit the PSi website.

When: October 9 – October 11, 2014

Where: Phoenix, AZ

Get more festival information at the official site (coming soon).

General questions about the iWPS event? Email: info@iwps.poetryslam.com

Questions about competing or participating in iWPS? Contact our executive director.

Registration timeline

Monday, July 21, 2014: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified Venues and PSi-Registered Venues. (NOTE: Priority will be given to representatives of PSi-Certified Venues.)

Monday, August 4, 2014: Registration opens to “Storm” Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified or PSi-Registered venue)

August 22, 2014: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST


There will be a “last chance” slam on October 8, 2014, and the winner will be guaranteed a spot in the iWPS competition – more details will be announced soon. All competitors must be individual members of PSi and must pre-register and pay the $150 registration fee. Registration first opens to PSi-certified venues, followed by PSi-registered venues and unaffiliated or “storm” poets. Venues are independently responsible for their certification and poet selection process, and for registering with Poetry Slam, Inc. by the deadline. Slammasters from PSi-certified or PSi-registered venues must be present or send a proxy to the August slammaster’s meeting in order for their venue to send a representative to iWPS.

Number of Competitors: 
Tournament Dates: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 to Saturday, October 11, 2014
Registration Price: 

Registration count: 71

Registration for this event is now closed.