Welcome to AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM - the largest spoken-word program in the Southern hemisphere.

Where's my heat?

Click the map to find heats in your region...

Click the map to find heats in your region...

Latest News

  • National Final - TBA 2016
  • QLD State Final - 28th August 2016
  • VIC State Final - 2nd Sept 2016
  • TAS State Final - 3rd August 2016
  • SA State Final - 30th Sept 2016

2016 APS Season begins in June and culminates in a National Final in October.

Stay Tuned!

Every year about 1000 writers perform their stuff for about 20,000 people across the country; from small towns to major cities, libraries to warehouse parties, Sydney Theatre to China to Bali.

How's it work?

Two performing writers from each region are chosen to represent their community in a State Final. The audience at the State Finals choose two powerful wordsmiths to head to the nationals in Sydney. National Final punters pick one Australian spoken-word artist to tour the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China and the Ubud Writers and Reader Festival in Bali.


Could you be Australia's next Slam Champion?

This may sound like a huge deal for a poet from Queanbeyan, Alice Springs, Newcastle or Canberra but most importantly Australians are telling their stories, spitting their poetry, rolling out their rhymes and audiences are not just listening they're getting their notebooks out on the train ride home.

If you want to speak, scream, sing, rap, howl or whisper your words, click on the "Heats" page to find a slam near you.

Or take a seat and cheer your favourite poetry super heroes?



If you want to be in the cheering, raucous, finger-snapping, poetry loving audience you too can click on a heat or a Final.

Judges are chosen randomly from the live audience.

Also check out the latest videos on our YouTube Channel.