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.


Australian Poetry Slam National Final
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00
NSW

Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Tickets:
Concession - $44
General Admission - $58

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Australian Poetry Slam is one of the largest and most respected performing writers programs in the world; combining stories, poems, theatre and hip-hop.

At the APS Final 2017, you chose Solli Raphael and Jesse Oliver as your Australian Poetry Slam Champions.

Who will this nationwide search unearth in 2018? What stories will explode in your mind, cause you to run onto stage, pump your fist and shout "Hell yeah! Me too!"

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, one writer will be chosen to perform at Byron Writers FestivalUbud Readers & Writers FestivalSingapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2019.

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NSW Poetry Slam Final
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00
NSW

NSW Poetry Slam Final

  • The Barnet Long Room, Customs House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

Performing writers from every region of NSW will seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Byron to Albury, Blacktown to Kempsey the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Sydney Poetry Slam Final
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00
NSW

Sydney Poetry Slam Final

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Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Sydney with poets from Newtown to Double Bay, Rockdale to Surry Hills.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.

 

VENUE NOTE: Access to the venue, BAY 43 is outside the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Circular Quay West. Please look for the Story-Fest '18 signage to further direct you towards BAY 43.

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Western Sydney Poetry Slam Final
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00
NSW

Western Sydney Poetry Slam Final

Start Time: 7pm

Doors Open: 6.30pm

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Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Western Sydney with poets from Blacktown to Granville to Fairfield.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.  

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Australian Capital Territory Poetry Slam Final
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30
ACT

Australian Capital Territory Poetry Slam Final

  • Gorman Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL POETRY SLAM FINAL & the ACT Australian Poetry Slam Final! TWO FINALS IN ONE!

Join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! as BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! takes you into a poetry slam unlike any other! 

Launching THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL PIANO MAN! Featuring the finalists from the ACT heats! 

Join the Master of Conflict and THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL MASCOT. Join The Score Adder, The Sacrificial Poet, MC Andrew Galan and the judges. 

Victory and defeat will be decided when two poetry slam finals become one! 
Who will go to Sydney to fight for Canberra Poetry! 
POETRY SLAM!
JOIN!

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Surry Hills Poetry Slam - NSW
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00
NSW

Surry Hills Poetry Slam - NSW

Start Time: 7.30pm

Registration: 7.00pm

Hosted by: Emily Crocker

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Darwin Poetry Slam - NT
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00
NT

Darwin Poetry Slam - NT

Start Time: 3.30pm

Registration: 3pm

Cost: $5

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Canberra Slamboree Poetry Slam - ACT
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30
ACT

Canberra Slamboree Poetry Slam - ACT

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Wollongong Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30
NSW

Wollongong Poetry Slam - NSW

  • The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Cost: $5 (student/concession) - $10

Contact: Lorin Reid - enoughsaidpoetryslam@gmail.com

Website

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Victoria Poetry Slam Final
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30
VIC

Victoria Poetry Slam Final

Hosted by: Joel McKerrow

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

Performing writers from every region of Victoria will seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Brunswick to Nagambie, Wodonga to Watsonia the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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South Australia Poetry Slam Final
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30
SA

South Australia Poetry Slam Final

Start Time: 8pm

Doors Open: 7.30pm

Cost: $20

Book tickets

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

Performing writers from South Australia will seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Adelaide to Morphett Vale to Salisbury, the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Poetry Slam - ACT
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30
ACT

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Poetry Slam - ACT

(note, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! rules apply, please familiarise yourself with your local poetry slam)

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Narellan Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30
NSW

Narellan Poetry Slam - NSW

  • Harry Hartog Booksellers Narellan (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Book here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Glebe Poetry Slam (Youth) - NSW
Sep
16
3:30 PM15:30
NSW

Glebe Poetry Slam (Youth) - NSW

(Formerly Green Square Heat)

Start Time: 4pm

Registration: 3.30pm

Hosted by: Jesse Oliver

Book tickets here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Glebe Workshop (Youth) - NSW
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00
NSW

Glebe Workshop (Youth) - NSW

(Formerly Green Square Workshop)

Facilitated by: Jesse Oliver

Book tickets here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Rockdale Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
15
1:30 PM13:30
NSW

Rockdale Poetry Slam - NSW

Start Time: 2pm

Registration: 1.30pm

Hosted by: Jesse Oliver

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Canada Bay Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30
NSW

Canada Bay Poetry Slam - NSW

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Hosted by: Jesse Oliver

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Adelaide Poetry Slam No. 3 - SA
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30
SA

Adelaide Poetry Slam No. 3 - SA

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Cost: $6

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Granville Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30
NSW

Granville Poetry Slam - NSW

  • Granville Community Baptist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Hosted by: Troy Wong

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Narellan Workshop - NSW
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00
NSW

Narellan Workshop - NSW

  • Harry Hartog Booksellers Narellan (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Facilitated by: Elliot Cameron

Book here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Albury Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00
NSW

Albury Poetry Slam - NSW

Start Time: 7.30pm

Registration: 7pm

Hosted by: Mantra

Featuring: Mandy Ord

Book here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Morphett Vale Poetry Slam - SA
Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30
SA

Morphett Vale Poetry Slam - SA

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Cost: $6

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Canada Bay Workshop - NSW
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00
NSW

Canada Bay Workshop - NSW

Facilitated by: Jesse Oliver

Booking is essential

Book here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Albury Workshop - NSW
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00
NSW

Albury Workshop - NSW

Facilitated by: Mantra

Book here

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Double Bay Poetry Slam - NSW
Sep
5
5:30 PM17:30
NSW

Double Bay Poetry Slam - NSW

  • Woollahra Library at Double Bay (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Start Time: 6pm

Registration: 5.30pm

Hosted by: Jesse Oliver

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Double Bay Workshop - NSW
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00
NSW

Double Bay Workshop - NSW

Facilitated by: Jesse Oliver

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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The Hadley Memorial Slam - ACT
Sep
2
4:30 PM16:30
ACT

The Hadley Memorial Slam - ACT

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Adelaide Poetry Slam No. 2 - SA
Sep
1
6:30 PM18:30
SA

Adelaide Poetry Slam No. 2 - SA

Start Time: 7pm

Registration: 6.30pm

Cost: $6

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word and a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Queanbeyan Poetry Slam - NSW
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00
NSW

Queanbeyan Poetry Slam - NSW

  • 146/148 Monaro Street Queanbeyan, NSW, 2620 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Start Time: 6pm

Registration: 5.30pm

 

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

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Queanbeyan Workshop - NSW
Aug
31
2:00 PM14:00
NSW

Queanbeyan Workshop - NSW

Have you got fire in your heart for spoken word or a burning passion to be heard?

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam National Champion or a keen punter ready to cheer?

From June to October 50 Slam Heats will burn across the nation, leading to 8 State Finals
and 1 National Final in Sydney. Join us at your local slam for red-hot wordsmithing.

You can write your own stuff in a Wordshop, jump on the mic for 2 minutes or just put your bum on a seat and be inspired!

Together, we can #writearevolution and #ignitethemic.


 

The National Final winner will receive a $10k Writer's Fest Tour!

View Event →
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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.