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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Would you like to be involved in Australia's first and biggest spoken word event?

Spoken word is a powerful and unique medium, characterised by its strength and immediacy. Every year the Australian Poetry Slam supports and develops writers from every corner of Australia to express their ideas. This national competition reaches out to diverse audiences that keep growing every year. The best spoken word artist is chosen from many, to showcase their work at literary events in Sydney, Byron Bay and Indonesia.

The Australian Poetry Slam is comprised of more than 50 events. It brings local audiences to events in 32 regions across the country. Events are highly participatory, with 720 people involved in coordinating, advocating and competing. Our national audience exceeded 4000 people in 2016.

The Word Travels community continually develops opportunities for local writers and performers. Become part of Australia's spoken word story. Join our international network of partners. 

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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.