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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VIC Poetry Slam State Final

  • State Library Victoria 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Venue: Experimedia - State Library Victoria
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC




Speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing your poems, stories, lyrics or monologues in this electric live event where the audience is the judge.

Two finalists from each slam heat will compete in their state final, and the winner and runner-up from each state will compete at the national final in Sydney.

The Victorian state final will be hosted by Michelle Dabrowski, performance poet and slam champion.

The national champion wins an international writers festival tour prize pack worth up to $11,000!



Contact: Rebecca Anthony -




Earlier Event: September 21
NSW Newcastle Poetry Slam Heat
Later Event: September 22
SA Poetry Slam - State 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.