The international performing writers' program

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The 2016 APS Season began in Katoomba NSw on June 16. The season will culminate in the National Final at Sydney opera house on October 16.

Every year about 1000 writers perform their stuff for about 20,000 people across the country; from small towns to major cities, libraries to warehouse parties, Sydney Opera House to China to Bali.

How does it work?

Stage 1. HEATS:  48 heats are spread over every state and territory. Two performing writers from each heat are chosen by their community audience as local slam champions

Stage 2. FINALS: Local slam champs head to Regional, Territory or State Finals. Audiences at the Finals choose two powerful wordsmiths to head to Sydney.

Stage 3.  National Final: A packed out Sydney Opera House crowd picks one performing writer to represent Australian Poetry Slam in an Asia Pacific tour.

Stage 4. International Tour : The Australian Poetry Slam Champion is sent on tour to the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China, the Ubud Writers' and Readers' Festival in Bali, Sydney Writers' Festival and Byron Writers' Festival.

They are also offered a writers' retreat in a NSW forest and a publishing contract with Pitt St. Poetry.

ARE YOU Australia's next Slam Champion?

It may sound like a huge deal for a poet from Queanbeyan, Alice Springs, Newcastle, Canberra or Wagga to tour their writing to Asia, Australia and the world, but each of these towns have produced a national slam champion who's done exactly that.

Australians are telling their stories, spitting their poetry, and rolling out their rhymes. Their audiences are more than just listening as well. They're getting out their notebooks on the train ride home and starting their own slam communities too.

If you want to speak, scream, sing, rap, howl or whisper your words, click on the "Heats" page to find a slam near you.

Want to take a seat AND cheer ON your favourite poetry super heroes?

If you want to be in the cheering, raucous, finger-snapping, poetry loving audience click on a Heat or a Final.

Judges are chosen randomly from the live audience.