Jazz in the Gardens |National Poetry Contest

Calling all spoken word artists 18 years or older – be a part of the Jazz in the Gardens National Poetry Competition!

A Jazz in the Gardens Initiative – City of Miami Gardens




Now – February 24, 2017: Contest Entries Accepted
March 16, 2017: Poetry in the Gardens Finals IN MIAMI, FLORIDA
Judging: February 27 – March 3, 2017
Finalists announced: March 3, 2017


Now through February 24, 2017, upload your best work via Facebook or YouTube, and complete the submission form below.  Use the hashtags #JITG17, #PoetryJITG, and #BlackMusicMatters.

Eligible finalists must attend the Poetry in the Gardens finals on Thursday March 16, 2017.

1st – $10,000 • 2nd – $3,500 • 3rd – $1,500

To submit entries visit | http://www.jazzinthegardens.com/poetry/.



  • You must be at least 18 years old or older to compete in the poetry slam contest.
  • You may only submit one (1) performance in video format.
  • Use the hashtags: #JITG17; #PoetryJITG; #BlackMusicMatters
  • All entries must be received by midnight February 20, 2017.
  • No performance should last longer than two to three minutes.
  • Each poet must perform work that s/he has created.
  • No props; no costumes; no white clothing.
  • No musical instruments or pre-recorded music.
  • Your work may be shown on our website. We will give you full credit for your work.
  • All submissions must have a title; if you do not title your work, it will not be considered.
  • Poems/Poets will be evaluated based on the following categories:
    1. Physical Presence
    2. Voice and Articulation
    3. Appropriateness of Dramatization
    4. Level of Difficulty
    5. Evidence of Understanding
    6. Overall Performance

About Jazz In The Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens has easily become the City of Miami Gardens’ premiere entertainment event. Having 13 years of history under its belt, Jazz in the Gardens celebrates diversity, culture and art through various genres of music. Event-goers find themselves entrenched in the rich beats and musical stylings that vibrate from the stage. The event not only brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens, but it gives local artists the opportunity to be seen, heard and possibly discovered. Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival has been deemed as the undeniable “travel destination for the spring.” JITG occurs annually in March and serves as the inaugural event of the highly anticipated music festival season. The JITG experience is complemented by scenic beaches, plentiful shopping, incredible golf courses, 5-star restaurants, and many other inviting attractions which make South Florida a “must visit” destination. The City of Miami Gardens and its partners are committed to producing an extraordinary experience for our supporters and sponsors.
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