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?
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.
2016 Winner Arielle Cottingham
2015 Winner Philip Wilcox
2014 Winner Zohab Zee Khan
2013 Winner Jesse John Brand
2012 Winner CJ Bowerbird
2011 Winner Luka Lesson
2010 Winner Kelly-Lee Hickey
2009 Winner Sarah Taylor
2008 winner Omar Musa
2007 winner Marc Testart
2006 Winner Geoff Lemon (NSW Poetry Slam)
2005 Winner Bravo Child (Sydney Poetry Slam)
2004 Winner Ben Ezra (Leichhardt Poetry Slam)
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