Just in case you are interested in writing a spoken word poem for the competition I have included the guidelines because there is a video required for the submission.
- Two (2) to three (3) written poems. Total written materials not to exceed 10 pages.
- Separate video performance for each poetry submission.
- Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included in the written portion.
NOTE: If selected as a Finalist, you will be required to perform your submitted materials live for the panel during YoungArts Week.
Guidelines for Recording your Video Audition
- Props are limited to one stool, two chairs, and one table.
- Use a fixed point of view for your camera with you being the main focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location. Do not pan or move the camera.
- Record your audition in a clearly defined interior space.
- The back drop should be a neutral color that is free of creases, breaks and distractions.
- Background music or sound tracks of any kind are not permitted.
Before recording your pieces, film a test. Perform the first few lines of your piece, then watch and listen to it on playback. Check the following important things:
- Sound: Make sure the acoustics in the room are strong. Practice your piece in the space. If you hear an echo in playback, adjust the recording volume or choose someplace else to record. Utilize only the microphone on the video camera. Do not use a hand held microphone.
- Lighting: Make sure the space is well-lit, but not too bright. Judges should be able to see your face clearly.
- Framing: The camera should be set at a distance to frame your face and body clearly.
- Clothing: Wear clothing that is simple, comfortable and tasteful. And remember, your clothing should never be more interesting than your audition.
- Do not submit research papers, book reports or specific class assignments.
- Be sure to keep a copy of your work for your files.
- Type, formatting may reflect the intention of the author.
- Please include page numbers.
- Proofread your entire submission.
- Uploaded documents must be Word or PDF files.
- Each piece should be saved as a separate file and uploaded individually.
- List the title of the work in the space provided.
- When uploading, verify that the image is upright (not sideways) and plays smoothly.
- Save and name your files with their titles and upload each selection separately.
- Do not put your name or any identifying information in or on your submission.
- Please do not do any of the following to your video as it may disqualify you:
- Do not edit within a piece.
- Do not use special effects, dissolves, fades or wipes.
- Do not submit pre-recorded live performances, such as recitals, concerts, or competitions.
Intellectual Property and Copyright Requirements
- All submitted work must be wholly original and may not infringe upon the copyright or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any other person or entity.
Deadline October 13, 2017