This selection was a difficult one. But we have the final eight contestants (in no particular order):

1) Dezha Peterson: Soul Expressions

2) Ashley Aff33poet: Clarke vs. Siemens

3)  Darnell Parks: Abandonment

4) Denise Garcia (Sincerity): I Am a Remnant

5) Chris Lilley: 10 Lessons Learned from Spending the Night in Jail

6) Full Pursuit: Dear Donald Trump

7) Millicent Campbell: Unhidden

8) B. LovD: Sincerely Leah

Each of the 8 Contestants Will Receive:

1) Complimentary registration to The Legacy Conference. (The contestants will be responsible for their own expenses to The Legacy Conference including travel, housing and food. If you have already paid for a Legacy Conference registration, your registration can be transferred or refunded.)

2) An opportunity to compete in Friday afternoon's Poetry SLAM at The Legacy Conference to an audience of 300. Each of the 8 contestants will present their poem and will receive feedback from our panel of judges. (Scoring will be based off of content, creativity and performance. Points will be taken away if over 5 minutes.)

3) One winner will be selected to present their piece at Friday night's Storytellers at The Legacy Conference in front of an audience of 1,800.

If you are one of the eight selections, be looking for an email in the next couple days.