What if You Go Overtime at the Nitty Gritty Slam?

Good question, subject header!

Now that you asked, let me break it down for you.

Here at Nitty, we abide by the more conventional scoring penalty of .5 per ten second over a performance time of 3:10. Yes, the Poetry Slam community allows for 10 seconds over time without a penalty. After that, shit gets penalized.

Time Penalty
3:10 and under no penalty
3:10.01 – 3:20 -05
3:20.01 – 3:30 1.0
3:30.01 – 3:40 1.5
3:40.01 – 3:50 2.0
3:50.01-4:00 2.5
4:00.01-4:10 3.0
4:10.01-4:15 3.5

and so on [-0.5 for every 10 seconds over 3:10]

We got part of this breakdown from the Vancouver Slam Rules page. But we had to do the rest of the math, since some people are going on into the five-minute range.

We do like this language: “Maximum Time Limit: After four minutes, only the emcee may stop a poet from continuing to perform.”