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 is currently seeking vibrant, innovative organisations to partner with. There are many benefits to creating a relationship with our wide reaching and youthful event.

  • Exposure to new demographics of empowered, active audiences Nationally and Internationally

  • Association with Australian Poetry Slam and the artistic excellence and social responsibility represented by our brand

  • Acknowledgement and logo placement on Australian Poetry Slam website and collateral

  • Supporting national outreach literacy programs

  • Supporting professional and developing artists

  • Naming rights to prizes and events

  • Discounted workshop and training packages

  • VIP invitations to exclusive events, opening nights and innovative activities

  • Complimentary corporate tickets to Australian Poetry Slam events


If you would like explore the benefits of partnership with Australian Poetry Slam, please contact us


Current and Past Partners:

  • Sydney Theatre Company

  • Sydney Opera House

  • ABC TV/Radio/Online

  • Major writers’ festivals across Australia

  • Writers’ and performing arts festivals in Asia, North America and Europe

  • All State Libraries and the National Library of Australia

  • Primary schools, high schools and universities

  • Community organisations

  • Private companies and foundations

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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.