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.

The search is on for Australia’s next slam champion!


Speak, scream, howl, whisper even sing your poems, stories, lyrics, and monologues in the Australian Poetry Slam 2017 – a live literary performance competition where the audience is the judge!

Slam heats will be held in city and regional venues across Australia from June until October 2017.



Two finalists from each slam heat or regional final will compete in their state or territory final then head to Sydney for the national final.


How does it work?

All Performing Writers are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories.

Five judges are picked randomly by the MC. After each performance, judges hold up score cards using a 1- 10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted. The judges’ decisions are final! Read the Rules

What are the prizes?

The National Prize is an all expenses paid tour to feature at the Byron Writers Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. It's the trip of a lifetime.

State Winners around the country will receive a variety of prizes. They will also be invited to compete in the National Finals in Sydney.

Past Australian Poetry Slam winners

Over ten years, the Australian Poetry Slam has unearthed some amazing talent and enhanced the career opportunities of previous winners.



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