PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING COMPETITION GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING:
1. Format of Competition
a) The competition will take place over one day (July 21, 2019). All contestants, regardless of category, must report to the main briefing venue at 1pm. The competition will end by 2:30pm.
b) All contestants will present during the competition, where they can give a presentation of a maximum of 4 minutes, and a minimum of 1 minute.
c) The scores will be awarded by the judges in the Competition Room.
d) All Singapore poems need to be pre-selected and rehearsed before the presentation. No sets and props will be allowed.
e) Material used may include published Singapore poetic works from books or online literary platforms (e.g. poetry.sg). Original material published in non-literary platforms, such as high school publications, newsletters or yearbooks is prohibited. During the presentation, the contestant must name the author and the source from which the extract was taken. Contestants are advised to refrain from picking insensitive or vulgar scripts. The poem should be of a length such that a reading would take at least 1 minute. Contestants are strongly encouraged to select poems from poetry.sg.
2. Additional Notes about the Performance
a) At the commencement of the competition, all contestants will prepare outside the performance venue. The first contestant will be announced and taken to the performance room and subsequently when that presentation is over, the next contestant will be led to the performance room once the judge(s) is/are ready. The contestants may watch one another after they have finished their own performances.
b) Contestants are advised to practise good time management and conclude their recitation within the allocated time. To ensure the competition proceeds according to schedule, the contestant may be asked by the adjudicator to rapidly conclude the performance. No time signals will be given.
c) Photos, videos and recordings of participants and their performances may be taken at any point during the event, which may be used for publicity or other purposes. If you do not wish to have your photos/videos/recordings taken, please indicate as such in the "Any other comments" section at the bottom of this form.
3. Judging Criteria
a) Dramatic Interpretation (25%)
This concerns the manner in which speakers present themselves and their ideas, particularly when explaining why they chose a poem. Participants should seek to be masters of their body language, facial expressions, pitch and tone of voice by varying these aspects appropriately. Effective speakers should be confident and earnest in the delivery of their poem, so as to win the judges and the audience over.
b) Fluency (25%)
This section looks at a participant’s mastery and proficiency of the English language. This can be demonstrated through the choice of words well-suited to the given topic, and the ideas the participant seeks to convey. Variation in verbal expression, sound grammar, and clear pronunciation would display a participant’s command of the English language.
c) Accuracy of memory (25%)
This section looks at a participant’s ability to memorise the words of the poem as submitted per the registration.
d) Awareness of Audience (25%)
This section looks at how the contestant relates with the audience to create an engaging performance. Judges will consider physicality, eye contact, and use of space.
4. Guidelines for Schools and Participation
a) The adjudicator of the room will introduce each contestant by announcing the contestant’s name and the poem title.
b) Any contestant who is not present at his/her turn without prior notice will be disqualified.
c) Contestants can speak from any position on the designated stage / performance space, but they are advised to maintain a respectable distance from the audience and judge(s). They are also not allowed to leave the stage while they are delivering their speech.
d) There will be brief intervals between each presentation to allow the judge/s to grade the presentation.
e) After their speeches, contestants have to remain in the room to watch the remainder of speeches in their room or be disqualified from any awards.
f) A microphone will be provided for the contestants.
g) Contestants need not wear their school attire to the event.
5. Notes about Timing
a) Timing will begin as soon as the contestant utters his/her first word.
b) At the 3.5 minute mark, the red card will be raised to remind the contestant to conclude within the next 30 seconds.
c) The contestant will be penalised for exceeding the maximum time.
d) After every presentation, the timekeeper will report the contestant’s timing to the judges’ coordinator.