“Ebony was great, and the performers we had were great too. All of them were in awe of being able to have that personal interaction with Ebony. It was so genuine…”Kate Piper, Illinois State University

what is america’s best college poet?

America’s Best College Poet is a nationwide search for the best college or university undergraduate poet in the country. Watch as the top bards from campuses across the United States battle it out for a cash prize and bragging rights. Determined by the celebrity judges (professional touring poets and stars of the college circuit), top vote-getters from preliminary rounds will meet in the Grand Slam Finale where only one poet will walk away with the title.

All poets competing in the national competition will be invited to Champ Camp, a unique chance to study and be mentored by the celebrity judges. During Champ Camp, poets will learn the tricks of the trade from some of the most successful and award-winning poets of today.

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up now. The registration fee to participate is $750 per school.

how it works:

  • The Prelim is coordinated on your campus – in-person or virtually – whatever that may mean for you! Your winner needs to be reported to Bass/Schuler by March 8, 2021.
  • If you want one of the celebrity judges to virtually host your first-round event, they are offering a discounted rate of $750 to do so.
  • The Semi-Final rounds will be conducted virtually so your students can compete against poets from across the country!
  • Student poets will recite their best original pieces (up to 3 poems per round) live and voting will occur.
  • At the conclusion of the Final Event, a winner will be named and cash prizes (or non-cash equivalent) awarded:
    • Winner: $1000 and the title of America’s Best College Poet 2021
    • 2nd Place: $250
    • 3rd Place: $250

event timeline:

  • BY 3/8: Colleges submit winners to Bass/Schuler Entertainment
  • 3/15-3/19: CHAMP CAMP (facilitated through Zoom)
  • 3/21 & 3/28: Semi-Finals (virtually)
  • 4/11: Finals

event return on investment:

It’s so much more than just an open mic!  In addition, your buy in gets you:

  • Access to CHAMP CAMP for any interested student from your participating institution––a full week of poetry and performance workshops put on by our celebrity judges.
  • Access to a discounted rate of just $750 for one of our 5 celebrity judges to help coordinate and host (virtually) your first-round event.
  • A spot, for your prelim winner, in the nationwide competition, in which your school’s poet will compete against the best poets from across the country (virtually).
  • The chance for your prelim winner to win the title of America’s Best College Poet and cash prizes (or non-cash equivalent).
    • 1st Place: $1000

    • 2nd Place: $250

    • 3rd Place: $250

  • In addition to your prelim round event, access to 3 more weeks of programming throughout the months of March and April – Sunday Night Poetry events with student poets from across the country as well as performances from the celebrity judges.

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