Canadian Individual Poetry Slam

The Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) will take place between April 29 – May 1, 2021. CIPS is a nationally recognized poetry slam. This year, the competition will take place online, as part of the Verses Festival of Words. 

Poets representing spoken word series and regions across Canada will compete in a head-to-head tournament, presenting poems that are a maximum of 3 minutes in length each. 

Winners of each head-to-head will be determined by a live vote enacted by other competing poets and 3 appointed festival judges. This judging system aligns with our vision of the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion being chosen by fellow poets and community members. 

The format of the virtual competition this year will be as follows: 

FIRST PRELIMINARY NIGHT – April 29, 2021 

Poets will be paired up via random draw and compete head-to-head. 

SECOND PRELIMINARY NIGHT – April 30, 2021

Poets will be paired up via random draw and compete head-to-head. 

FINALS – May 1, 2021 

Top poets will not be going head-to-head this time. Instead, they will be individually scored by the judges to determine the final rankings.

*PRIZES*

1st place poet will receive $500, and a confirmed performance opportunity at a future Verses Festival or equivalent within Vancouver Poetry House programs.

*Please note that CIPS is an English speaking competition. However, there are no language restrictions. 

 

Information on how to compete in CIPS 2021 here. 

Past CIPS Winners

 

PAST CANADIAN INDIVIDUAL SLAM CHAMPIONS

2011 – Ikenna ‘OpenSecret’ Onyegbula
2012 – R.C. Weslowski
2013 – Ikenna ‘OpenSecret’ Onyegbula
2014 – IF the Poet
2015 – Prufrock Shadowrunner
2016 – Andre Prefontaine
2017 – Ifrah Hussein
2018 – Lady Vanessa Cardona
2019 – Nisha Patel
2020 – Qurat Dar
2021 – Zayn Ojoawo