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.


Word Travels Fast: Gosford Speaks Up

Podcast by FBI Radio's All The Best

May 2 2018

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Zohar Zee Khan WIN News

Slam Poetry

Video by WIN News Illawarra

March 21 2018

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Wake Up! (spoken word poetry) - Jesse Oliver - TEDxPerth

Video by TEDx Talks

March 6 2018

Solli Raphael Behind the News

Performance Poetry

Video by Behind the News

February 27 2018

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Gift of the Gab

Video by The Project

February 9 2018

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2017 Australian Poetry Slam on Lateline

Slam poets battle to take out championship

Video by Lateline

October 19 2017

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Word Travels Fast

Podcast by FBI Radio's All The Best

October 11 2017

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2017 Australian Poetry Slam on All the Best

For media enquiries please contact the coordinator in your state.

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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.