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.


 Solli Raphael - 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Champion - Youth

Solli Raphael - 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Champion - Youth

Solli Raphael was crowned the first ever Youth Champion of the Australian Poetry Slam in 2017. The 12-year-old Coffs Harbour poet claimed the title in a tie-breaking round against Adult Champion Jesse Oliver. Watch his incredible encore performance in front of a sold-out crowd at Sydney Opera House on 15 October 2017:

Australian Poetry Slam CHAMPIONS

Now in its eleventh year, the Australian Poetry Slam has unearthed some amazing talent and enhanced the career opportunities of previous winners.

Australia Council for the Arts
Create NSW logo
Copyright Agency Cultural Fund 2.jpg

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.