2017 National Poetry Slam

The National Poetry Slam 2017 will be held August 7-12 in Denver, Colorado.

The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. NPS is the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Teams from all over North America, and a few from other places, converge in a different city every summer for five days of poetry, revelry and competition.

Registration opens (Certified Venues): 1st Monday in April
Registration opens (Registered Venues): 1st Monday in May
Registration closes: June 1
Last day to declare under 21 team at NPS (if NPS is 18+ that year): July 1

Last day to cancel and receive any refund for NPS: 45+ days out =100% refund, 30+ days out = 50% refund, 29 days out =0% refund of tournament fees but not memberships dues.


Can anyone send a team to NPS?
Not exactly. Teams come from Certified Poetry Slam Venues only. See the FAQ on Certification and Registration.

How do I register our Certified team?

Be certain your Poetry Slam Venue has paid its certification fee for the current year.
Be certain your SlamMaster’s membership in PSi is current.
The order by which teams are admitted is determined by a system called 2 Wins and You’re In.
Pay your team application fee. Payment can be accomplished through this site.
By the time you arrive at NPS, all poets on your team must be members of PSi.

Can an individual compete at NPS?

No. Please see the IWPS FAQ Page for information on the Individual World Poetry Slam.

How do you decide which teams get in?

The order by which teams are admitted is determined by a system called 2 Wins and You’re In. The window for registration
closes on June 1 or whenever we reach the maximum number of teams we can accommodate. The limit is set based on how many teams the host city can accommodate.

Can I withdraw our team and get our money back?

Yes, but withdrawals must be accomplished before June 1 to get a full refund. After June 1 but before June 30 you can get a 50% refund. After July 1, no refunds are available.

How many poets on a team?

Teams must have 4 or 5 poets. Each team is guaranteed two preliminary bouts. Each bout has four rounds. A team is not required to put all team members on stage in either of their preliminary or subsequent semi-final or final night appearances, but a different primary author must be represented in each round.

Is there a waiting list?

If we have reached the maximum number of teams before a team registers, we will open a waiting list. If teams withdraw from NPS, we will bring teams off the waiting list in the order they were placed on the waiting list.

If I’m on the waiting list, can I still get my application fee back?

Yes, if you elect to stay on the waiting list, even until the bitter end, and your team is not admitted to NPS, you will recieve a full refund of your application fee.  PSi membership dues are not refundable.

How much does it cost to register a team?

4 passes: $425
5 passes: $500
6 passes: $575
7 passes: $650