Full Moon Poets will present its next La Paloma Summer Poetry Slam on Monday, Aug. 19, at the historic La Paloma Theatre in downtown Encinitas (471 S. Coast Highway 101). Admission is free. The slam begins at 7 p.m. Poets wishing to enter should arrive at 6 p.m.

Each year, Encinitas-based Full Moon Poets presents two major poetry slams at La Paloma, one in the summer and one in the winter. All are free and open to the public. These are the largest poetry slams in San Diego County, packing the theater with several hundred people. The competition is now in its 16th year and draws poets from throughout the County and beyond.

For interested poets, all names will be placed in the famous popcorn bucket and the first 17 names pulled will be the line-up for the night. There are three elimination rounds going from 17 poets to eight and the final three for the last round. Prize money collected from the audience will go to the winners. No props, musical instruments, costumes or recorded music allowed. Poets need three original poems that do not exceed three minutes each. For more information and rules go to www.fullmoonpoets.org.

The 2013 La Paloma Winter Poetry Slam is sponsored by 101 Artists’ Colony, California Rolfing and Massage, Cardiff 101 MainStreet, The Coast News, Detour Salon, Double Take, Iced Tea Services of San Diego (“The Iced Tea Lady”) and SoulScape.