Have you ever attended a Poetry Slam?
In case you don’t know what a Poetry Slam is, it is a competition where poets read or recite their original works. The concept began in the early 1980s when American poet Marc Smith began experimenting with turning existing open microphone poetry readings into a competition.
In 1997, Poetry Slam, Inc. was founded to promote the creation and performance of poetry that engages communities and provides a platform for voices to be heard beyond social, cultural, political, and economic barriers. This nonprofit organization hosts a YouTube channel as well as live and online poetry events.
Poetry Slam, Inc., is a secular organization. However, some Christian poets and churches around the country host Christian Spoken Word Contests. One Facebook Page highlights Christian Spoken Word poetry and encourages anyone with a video performance to post on the Page to share with others.
Poetry sales are booming. Last year marked the best sales on record for poetry. There appears to be a new appetite for the works of living poets. Many poets are acquiring large audiences of online followers. In addition, poetry is becoming more popular through poetry slams and at live festivals. In fact, according to Nielson BookScan, poetry book sales have seen a 66% increase in the past five years.
With this rise in Poetry sales and interest in poetry, Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) has added a Poetry category to the Christian Indie Awards. Over the years, we have had a number of authors and publishers ask us about adding a Poetry category and we believe the time is ripe to do so.
For the 2019 Christian Indie Awards, four new categories have been added. These are:
- Mystery and Suspense
- Business / Finance
In addition, the Bible Study / Theology category has been split into two separate categories, bringing the total categories for the Christian Indie Awards to 18 categories. You can view all 18 categories and their descriptions on the Christian Indie Awards website at https://www.christianaward.com/eligibility-guidelines/categories.
Nominations for the 2019 Christian Indie Awards are now open. If you are an Indie author or small publisher with a Christian book with a copyright of 2017 or 2018, you can nominate your book at https://www.christianaward.com/nominate-your-book.
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