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Slam Poetry Competition

Thea’s Slam Poetry Scholarship Competition is the only one of its kind in the nation. Don’t miss out on getting a hefty reward for your spoken word!


Our Slam Poetry Scholarship Competition is a traditional style poetry slam in front of an audience and our panel of judges and poet/host Chris James. The competition will take place at Thea Foundation's Argenta gallery space. 


1st Place – $4,000

2nd Place – $3,500

3rd Place - $3,000

4th Place - $2,500

5th Place - $2,000




Monday, February 24, 2020


Saturday, February 29, 2020


Thea Foundation, 401 Main Street, North Little Rock


Round one begins at 9 a.m. Beginning times for other two rounds depend on number of participants and will be announced throughout the day.


Three elimination rounds


"Brilliant, radiant, overcoming the senses."


Three-minute limit per round


Each poem must be original (i.e., contestants who progress to round three must perform three different poems). Poems must be memorized (no notes or “cheat sheets”). No foul language, vulgarity, or slander, or contestants will be DISQUALIFIED. No props, music, or costumes allowed. Judges will consider interpretation of this year's theme, "grandiose and oversaturated," when judging poems.


Be prepared to recite a haiku as a tiebreaker.


Contestants will be judged by a panel of four qualified professionals in the performance poetry field. They will drop the highest and lowest scores for each contestant per round.

After Registering to Compete: Participating students who register should email Paul Leopoulos at to confirm their registration was received.

Registration for the 2020 Slam Poetry Scholarship Competition is now closed.

To see our 2019 winners, click here!

Rules and Regulations:

By visiting this page you understand that this information has been available to you starting August 6, 2019, and that failure to read this information or register for a scholarship before the registration deadline is to no fault of the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation makes every attempt possible within its means to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the general public of the availability of its scholarship competitions and will not allow late registration predicated on the notion that an individual party was not aware of the information regarding deadlines. 


Registering for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition requires students to register online via a gravity form. Students may only register through the specific portal that the Foundation has created for each scholarship competition. Thea staff will not register students for scholarship competitions.


The Foundation recognizes that issues may arise during the registration process either from faulty equipment, user error, or issues beyond the control of either the registrant or the Foundation. The Thea Foundation encourages all students who register for a scholarship competition to contact Paul Leopoulos at to verify whether or not their registration was indeed processed. The Foundation makes available the registration for their scholarship competitions many months in advance to provide time to those having technical difficulties during the registering process. The Thea Foundation will not allow students to participate in a scholarship competition who arrive at the competition stating that they registered during the time allotted and who's name is not present on the Thea Foundation's list of participating students.

Only high school seniors enrolled in either public, private or home schools in Arkansas are eligible to register for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition.  A high school senior means any student who is currently completing the 12th grade in public or private school or any home school student who lists the 11th grade as their last grade level completed on their Notice of Intent to Home School on file with the Arkansas Department of Education for the current school year.