2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best women poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. 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 Women of the World Poetry Slam, visit the FAQ.

When: Wednesday March 9 – Saturday March 12, 2016
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Registration Fee: $ 150.00
Registration timeline:

Monday, December 14: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified and Registered Venues and the Previous Year’s Champion, should they decide to return and defend their title.*
Friday, January 1: Registration opens to “Storm” Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified venue).
Friday, January 15: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST

Registration Details:

Each participant receives a complimentary all-event pass and other perks of participation.

Competition at WOWPS is limited to poets who live their lives as women. Qualified poets include female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ years of age, including gender non-conforming individuals.  All competing poets must be over 18 and individual members of Poetry Slam, Inc. If you are not yet a member become one now. If you are already a member please login to submit your application.  Please note, the application to enter the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition does not guarantee a spot in the tournament.

Up to 96 poets may compete at WOWPS. The first 72 slots are reserved for representatives of PSi-Certified Venues, followed by representatives of PSi-Registered Venues. PSi-Certified and PSi-Registered Venues must submit WOWPS applications before registration opens to Storm Poets on January 1 in order to receive one of these 72 slots.

Storm poets will be selected using the following method:

1. Last Chance Slam Winner (The Last Chance Slam takes place on Wednesday, March 9 at WOWps)

2. Champion from previous year (If this poet has not registered by the last day of venue registration, this slot become part of the random draw slots)

3. 5 slots shall be reserved for poets from outside the United States and Canada on a first come, first served basis (If these slots are not filled by the last day of venue registration, these slots become part of the random draw slots)

4. Remaining slots shall be filled by random draw (Random draw shall occur no more than 3 days after registration closes.)

*Certified venues have the first right to register, and as many as 72 certified venues can register their rep before the registration opens up to storm poets. Should more than 72 certified venues register a representative, the first 72 will be guaranteed spots, and the remaining certified venues will be considered with the “Storm” poets and registered venues. Once registration opens up for storm poets, the storm poets, the registered venues, and the certified venue reps that came in after the venue deadline are entered into the draw for spots. If more people register than there are available spots, the spots are awarded by random draw, which will be conducted the weekend after registration closes.

To find a certified poetry slam venue near you visit PSi’s Slam List.
For more information visit the official site wowps2016.com.
General inquiries about the WOWps event can be submitted here: http://wowps2016.com/wowps-bk/contact/
For questions about competing or participating in WOWps email executivedirector@poetryslam.com.


There will be one spot reserved for the winner of the Brenda Moossy Video Slam!  Details about that can be found here