Welcome to the Slam Idol podcast - the poetry slam on your iPod or other MP3 player.
Over the next two weeks you'll hear performances from a pick of the best up-and-coming poets.
Then you'll be able to vote to let us know which performances you preferred the most - and you'll get to hear how the poets feel about the votes you've cast, as the poets let us hear their audio diaries.
When all the votes are in, we'll announce who will be the winner of the first Slam Idol contest.
Would you like your poetry performances to be heard by hundreds of people all over the world within the next few days? Why not participate in this Internet-based audio Poetry Slam?
There's no cash prize, but then there's no fee to participate!
Submit your MP3 file of a performance no more than 3 minutes in length. It could be a live recording in front of an audience, or a studio recording. You choose. As people cast their votes, you'll be able to record an audio diary.
Promote your website, your CD, your gigs. Be heard alongside some of the best up-and-coming poets. Maybe you'll be crowned the first Slam Idol!
What is podcasting? Podcasting is the fastest-growing content-distribution system right now. It uses the Internet to distribute audio content, for free, automatically downloading it onto people's MP3 players or computers. You don't need an iPod.
Stay tuned for further details. Or send mail to slamidol at mac.com