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Verses Poetry Slam Grand Prize Doubles

Verses Poetry Slam 2015

The Bocas Lit Fest has doubled the grand prize for the 2015 Verses Poetry Slam, moving from a grand prize of TT$10,000 to TT$20,000 and therefore making it the Caribbean’s largest purse for a performance poetry competition. 

According to the event organizers, the purse was doubled to further incentivize quality entries into the competition.

The Verses Poetry Slam, presented through the collaborative efforts of the Bocas Lit Fest and The 2 Cents Movement, is gearing up for auditions this week end, Saturday, January 31, 2015 and Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The auditions will take place at the National Library, Port of Spain and is open to poets of all ages. Contestants are asked to come armed with a performance poetry piece of 5 minutes or less. While contestants can only perform their own work, the can pull from new or pre-existing pieces and all topics and themes are welcome. 

The adjudication is managed by the Bocas Lit Fest, while The 2 Cents Movement, the founder of the event, handles its organization. 

The 5th annual Bocas Literary Festival will take place April 29 - May 3, 2015 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.