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.

Australian Poetry Slam Finals 2018

 Anna Stewart performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Anna Stewart performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Northern Territory Final

There will be no Northern Territory Final as the champions from the Alice Springs and Darwin Poetry Slams will go on to represent their territory at the National Final.

WESTERN Australia State Final

Date: Saturday 25th August
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Cost: $10 Entry / $5 Concession
Venue: Rosemount Hotel - Main Room
Address: 459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, WA 6006
Contact: Allan Boyd - allanboyd@optusnet.com.au

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Tasmania State FINAL

Date: Saturday 25th August
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Workers Club
Address: 66 Elizabeth Street Launceston TAS 7250
Contact: Yvonne Gluyas - yvonnegluyas@gmail.com

Queensland State Final

Date: Sunday 26th August 2018
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Venue: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Address: 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006
Contact: Raynee Dewar - generalmanager@queenslandpoetryfestival.com

 Chip Douglas performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Chip Douglas performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

VICTORIA STATE FINAL

Date: Friday 21st September
Time: 7pm
Venue: State Library Victoria,
Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: Rebecca Anthony - ranthony@slv.vic.gov.au

South Australia State Final

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ACT Final

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Sydney Final

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Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Sydney with poets from Rockdale, Parramatta, Newtown, Double Bay and Canada Bay.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.  

The three winning wordsmiths will go on to represent Sydney in the NSW Final at the State Library of NSW the next night. 

NSW State FINAL

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Writers from every region of NSW converge in Sydney, seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Byron to Albury, the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

You will choose two wordsmiths to represent NSW in a National Final the next night, as part of Story-Fest 2018: 3 days of live literary mayhem!

Australian Poetry Slam NATIONAL Final

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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 Festival, Singapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2019.

 Vivi Baker performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House

Vivi Baker performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final at 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.