Australian Poetry Slam

The Australian Poetry Slam is a national competition for spoken word artists. Anyone can enter. In 2017, 50 heats will be held in towns, cities and suburbs hold slam heats, in state and territory of Australia. Cafe's, libraries, festivals, community halls, pubs and clubs host these events. Audiences award scores to each poet. The favourite poet from each heat is eligible to compete at a regional or state poetry slam final. The best from each state and territory travel to Sydney, to perform for a packed out audience at the National Final. The national slam champion wins prizes and professional gigs.

Northern Territory Heats 2016

NT Contact
Laurie May
Ph: 0404 623 252



Sunday 25th September
3:00 pm
Venue: The Darwin Railway Club
17 Somerville Gardens
Parap NT 0820


Alice Springs

Tuesday 27th September
7:00 pm
Venue: Totem Theatre
Anzac Oval Reserve
Undoolya Rd, Alice Springs



Click to see some information from previous years

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Australian Poetry Slam is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, as well as Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.