The Rules

Ready to Start Slamming?

We are very excited to have you, yes you, at The Slam, Cicada's online writing forum! Here's what you need to know to get started. 

 

What to Post

- Sonnet sequences: Yes.

- Flash fiction: Definitely. 

- Haiku journalism: We want to read it. 

- Personal essay: For sure. 

- Pantoums: More Nineteenth-Century French Court than we tend to go ourselves, but have at it.

- Your credit card number: Probably unwise.

- The ambitious, the thoughtful, the hilarious, the polished, the messy impassioned and incomplete prose-poem-experiment-in-progress you can't identify: Bring it.

 

What Not to Post

- Graphic Violence: Not here, thanks. 

- Graphic Sex: Sexuality is beautiful! (/strange/confusing/awkward/terrifying/ embarrassing/ecstatic) Send us your poems and stories, autobiographical or fantastical, of love, lust, longing, confusion, good dates, bad dates, unrequited crushes, and tender friendship. One limit: nothing graphic, please! 

- Love Poems to Each Other: Even if you're dating in real life, no wooing each other on The Slam, please!  

- Private Info about the Parental Units: Yep, parents/legal guardians get on our nerves sometimes, and art can be a great place to work through the friction in those relationships. Just bear in mind that your Slam user name doesn't guarantee privacy: don't share things you wouldn't be comfortable with your guardians tracking down (if you really need to talk privately about troubles with parents/legal guardians, check out the hotlines at http://www.cicadamag.com/teenhotline). 

- Roleplay threads: RPing is awesome, but The Slam isn't the place for it.

 

Who Can Post 

Anybody ages 14-23. For legal reasons, you must be 14 or older to participate in The Slam. For highly detailed legalese, take a look at our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions which govern this site and which you have agreed to by your use.

Not 14 yet? Check out the contests for our partner magazines for younger readers! And take a look at the Young Authors Guide at NewPages.com. 

 

Length

Word limit: 800 words for any genre (prose, poetry, drama, you name it)

 

How to Post

1. Include your email address and date of birth. This info won't be posted at The Slam and won't be shared with anyone else.  

2. Include a screen name. 

3. Optional: Let us know where in the world you hail from. Fictitious locations are strongly encouraged. 

 

What Happens Next? 

Your team of Slam Admins reviews and posts Slammables and critiques daily Monday-Friday. Slammables may be edited lightly for spelling and grammar. Don't see your Slammable? Check in with us at cicada@cricketmedia.com. 

 

Critiques

How to Critique

1. Include your date of birth. This info won't be posted at The Slam and won't be shared with anyone else. 

2. Include a screen name. 

3. Optional: Let us know where in the world you hail from. Fictitious locations are strongly encouraged.   

Who Can Post 

Anybody ages 14-23. For legal reasons, you must be 14 or older to participate in The Slam. For highly detailed legalese, take a look at our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions

Not 14 yet? Check out the contests for our partner magazines for younger readers! And take a look at the Young Authors Guide at NewPages.com. 

Best practices

Rigor and passion are encouraged, but stay constructive!