Open Mic Night started in the summer of 2012 as a way for writers and poets to share their writing with the community. It’s become an event people look forward to. In fact, in September we added a second open mic (hosted by Ed Derkevics) and the popularity of that has already been proven positive.
I’m tired of hosting. I’ve become a little burnt out. I miss the excitement and vitality of the way it used to be.
I considered quitting, allowing the open mic to fade away, especially since we aren’t completely taking it away, I mean, we have TWO open mic nights now, so it won’t hurt to stop one of them, right?
Well, after talking with several friends who love the event, I was shaken back to reality. What I miss is the inspiration open mic used to give me — and it did! I’d stay awake until 1 a.m. thinking of all the poetry, stories and fun that I had helped bring to the community. I guess I need to try again, change it up a bit. Help to inspire others as I look for inspiration myself.
Who doesn’t need inspiration?
So, here’s the challenge. You will be given a prompt and you can choose to use that prompt to create a poem, a story, a skit, a song … whatever it is you do. You will have one month to write around the prompt and read it the following month. I’m going to ask for a $2. minimum donation at the door each month to help cover the cost of prizes. Yes, at least one winner will receive a prize for his or her work. We will also publish it here, on our site. I’ll have a special category for winning stories and poems, and if it’s a song or performance, we will record it and show it here too. I plan to adjust the rules if needed, but so far:
* One entry per person will be shared on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning December 13, 2017 at the Safety
Harbor Art & Music Center.
* The audience will write comments on cards and hand them to the facilitator who will give them to the performer at the
end of the evening. The audience will choose their favorite and indicate it on another card.
* A guest judge will also be in the audience to help decide winners. The judge may not be known to the audience and will
not be a performer.
* If there is a tie or if the judging is too close to call, the performer will be included in a random drawing for the
Our first prompt for December’s performance is “Fifty Years From Now.”
Stories and poems may also be chosen to be included in the Safety Harbor Centennial Time Capsule, to be revealed by the City of Safety Harbor in 2067 . . . fifty years from now.
Use it how you like. Be creative. Wow us. The only rule is that your finished piece must fit into our five-minute time frame and it must be original work written by you. Prizes may be cash, a t-shirt, a candy bar, a gift certificate . . . We’ll change it up every month.
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? I’m feeling inspired again and I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!