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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Australian Poetry Slam - National Final

  • Sydney Opera House (map)

Venue: Sydney Opera House

Host: Miles Merrill

Featuring: Ian Keteku and current Australian Poetry Slam Champion Arielle Cottingham with DJ Leonardo De Casio

Cost: $39-54 (plus booking fee) - book here

Who will this nationwide search unearth in 2017?

1 000 poets, 20 000 live audience, 60 events across Australia - all rise to a thunder clap at Sydney Opera House. Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, one person will get the chance to perform their own words at the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival in Bali, Byron Writers Festival and Sydney Writers Festivals in 2018 in a tour worth $11k + a published manuscript by Pitt Street Poetry and a Bundanon Trust writers' retreat.


The National Poetry Slam Final the closing event of Word Travels Story-Fest 2017: 3 days of live literary mayhem (Oct 13-15). Find out more about Story-Fest 2017.


Earlier Event: October 14
NSW Poetry Slam Final
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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.