About Louder Than a Bomb

Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is the world’s largest youth poetry festival, five weeks of events during which 120 teams from high schools, middle schools, or community organizations compete slam-style in poetry bouts.

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The competition is structured around two Preliminary Bouts for each team (Weeks 1 and 2), Quarter Finals (Week 3), Semifinals (Week 4), and Finals (Week 5), with special events all poets can perform in scheduled throughout the festival.

LTAB poets must be 12-19 years of age and enrolled in a middle school, high school, or sponsored by a community organization in order to compete. Each Team must have a minimum of 4 poets and may enter up to 10 poets. Registration Fees for Teams range from $150-250, depending on how early you register.

Each Team competes in 2 Preliminary Bouts scheduled across Weeks 1 and 2 of the festival. In these bouts, each Team must send up 4 different poets performing 4 individual poems and one Group Poem, written collaboratively and performed by 4 poets. All poems must run 3 minutes or less and each poem receives a score. The top-scoring 32 teams after Preliminary Bouts advance to Quarter Finals; the top-scoring 15 teams advance to Semifinals; the top-scoring 4 teams advance to Team Finals.

If your school/organization has less than 4 poets ready to compete, you can enter up to 3 from your school/organization as Individual Poets, a.k.a. Indy Poets. Indy Poets also compete in 2 Preliminary Bouts scheduled across Weeks 1 and 2 of the festival. They only perform one poem (3 minutes or less) in each of their Preliminary Bouts, and advance in a similar structure to teams through Quarter Finals, Semifinals, and culminating in Indy Finals, which features the top-scoring 12 poets. Registration Fees for Indy Poets range from $20-40, depending on how early you register.

LTAB19 will take place from Feb. 20th, 2019- March 17th, 2019.  Registration for #LTAB19 closes February 1.  

If you missed the updated rules for #LTAB2018, you can read them by clicking here: 

Rule Update LTAB 2018 Rule Update LTAB 2018 (310 KB)


2019 Team Requirements

  • Complete Registration Process online
  • Attend official festival kick-off event Crossing the Street on February 16, 2019.
  • Attend 2 Preliminary Bouts, scheduled across February 21- March 3, 2018 (each bout runs two hours)
  • 4 poets ready to perform 4 individual poems and 1 group poem (5 total) by the start of Preliminary Bouts

2019 Indy Poet Requirements

  • Complete Registration Process online
  • Attend official festival kick-off event Crossing the Street on February 16, 2019.
  • Attend 2 Preliminary Bouts, scheduled across February 20- March 2, 2019 (each bout runs two hours)
  • 1-3 poets ready to perform 1 poem each by the start of Preliminary Bouts

Most teams meet once a week, then more frequently in the week leading up to Prelims. Scholarships or sliding scale payments are available for qualifying teams or poets. Preliminary Bouts are scheduled in advance so coaches and poets can plan their transportation accordingly.


Registration for LTAB19 closes February 1, 2019.

For more information, visit the other LTAB tabs or email us at registration@youngchicagoauthors.org, or call (773) 486-4331.


2019 LTAB University

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS


  • Unlike the HS LTAB festival, poets need not be enrolled in school, just 18-25 years of age at the time of the slam or enrolled in college if of an age outside of 18-25.
  • Indy poets must compete with a minimum of 2 poems, each under 3 minutes in length.
  • Teams must consist of 4-10 poets and compete with a minimum of 4 poems, each under 3 minutes in length.

(poem can be solo, duo, trio or quartet)

  • For teams, poets can touch the stage more than once as long as they are not the primary author of more than one poem
  • Both Indy and Team finals will be two rounds.

REGISTRATION

Indy registration:

Early Registration 1/8-1/31($20)

Regular Registration 2/1-2/15 ($30)

Late Registration 2/16-3/1 ($40)

 

Team registration:

Early Registration 1/8-1/31 ($40)

Regular Registration 2/1-2/15 ($50)

Regular Registration 2/1-2/15 ($60)


LTABU COMPETITION RULES

Poet Introductions

  • INDY REQUIREMENT All poets are required to state the following before their poem is delivered:
  • Poet Name
  • Title of Poem -- if poem is untitled, then the poet must say: “This piece is untitled.”
  • TEAM REQUIREMENT All poets are required to state the following before their poem is delivered:
  • Poet Name/s
  • Team Name
  • Title of Poem -- if poem is untitled, then the poet must say: “This piece is untitled.”
  • OPTIONAL To encourage community and positive energy in the space poets may engage with the audience in a brief call and response prior to beginning their piece

Indy Bout Structure

  • Prelims - Poets will participate in a bout draw before the start of each bout to determine the order of the first round.
  • In the Second Round the poet’s order will be determined by their scores, they will go in descending order (meaning whoever scored highest will go first)
  • Prelims are accumulative
  • Finals are not accumulative

Team Bout Structure

  • Prelims - A representative from each team will participate in a bout draw before the start of each bout to determine the order in which their team will perform. Teams will draw A, B, C, or D and perform in the following order:
    • Round 1: ABCD
    • Round 2: BCDA
    • Round 3: CDAB
    • Round 4: DABC
  • Both prelims and Finals for teams are accumulative

LTABU 2019 will take place from March 8th, 2019- March 9th, 2019. Early Registration ($20) runs from January 8th-31st, regular registration ($30) runs from February 1st-15th, and late registration ($40) runs from February 16th-March 1st. You can read the rules for LTABU 2019 by clicking here:

Rule Update LTABU 2019

Registration for LTABU closes March 1, 2019.

For more information, visit the other LTAB tabs or email us at registration@youngchicagoauthors.org, or call (773) 486-4331.