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.


 Janice Williams performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam at Sydney Opera House

Janice Williams performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam at Sydney Opera House

Slammers will be competing for the title of Australian Poetry Slam Champion. The ultimate writers festival tour of Asia and Australia will be awarded to the highest scoring Australian resident over 18 years of age. In the following year they will perform at Byron Writers Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers FestivalSingapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered and honorariums provided.

The Australian Poetry Slam Champion also receives a two week artist residency with Bundanon Trust in New South Wales. 

These prizes provide priceless opportunities for publicity and professional development.

If you are under 18 and win the title of Australian Poetry Slam Champion, you will be eligible for a special Youth Prize. If you are not a resident of Australia and become the Australian Poetry Slam Champion, you will take home a cash prize. This year's new Terms and Conditions, can be downloaded from the link below.

A message from the director of The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival:

"Congratulations on another successful event program! We are very excited to support the work of new writers and performers in Australia by welcoming the winner of the Australian Poetry Slam to perform in Bali in 2019. The festival is now one of the most important literary events in Asia and greatly honours the contribution of emerging writers in the region. A return airfare and accommodation are included in the package. So please enjoy what has been named "one of the top six writers' festivals in the world" by Harper's Bazaar UK and congratulations to the winner. I am sure you will love Ubud!"

Terms and Conditions

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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.