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.

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Australian Poetry Slam National Final

  • Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point Sydney NSW 2000 Australia (map)

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.

Earlier Event: October 20
NSW Poetry Slam Final
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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.