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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Thank you for your support!

In the last 12 months Word Travels and Australian Poetry Slam have been able to achieve so much!

We had our very first youth Champion of Australian Poetry Slam. At 12 years old Solli Raphael knocked it out of the park, and has gone on to perform at TEDx Sydney and land a book deal with Penguin Random House.

We ran our Multilingual Poetry Slam, providing a platform for artists to perform in their native language.

We partnered with Youth off the Streets to deliver workshops to disadvantaged young people in Western Sydney.

We visited over 15 regional and remote towns, giving locals the chance to ignite the mic with their own stories, poetry and spoken word.

And we couldnโ€™t have done it without people like you; the fans, audience members, artists and of course, donors.

You allow us to put a 12-year-old on the stage of the Sydney Opera House. You allow us to give disadvantaged teens the opportunity to express themselves and have that expression recognised and valued.

In the next year there is so much we are striving to accomplish. We plan to take poetry slams and spoken word into childrenโ€™s hospitals, refugee camps and around the world. Everyone deserves to have their voices and their stories heard. With your help, we can hand them the microphone.

 Kai Schweizer performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House

Kai Schweizer performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House

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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.