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 a live literary performance competition where the audience is the judge. With a nationwide round of 50 heats, the best slammers will compete to win the National Poetry Slam Final, which was held last year at the Sydney Opera House. The ultimate prize? An all expenses paid international tour, performing at the Byron Writers Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali.

APS is brought to you by Word Travels, the international performing writers centre. As well as APS, Word Travels delivers spoken word events throughout the year including: Story-Fest, Multilingual Poetry Slam, The Rumble and bespoke events and workshops for schools, companies and organisations.

history of the Australian Poetry Slam

APS first began in 2005 and has since then grown into an internationally renowned national poetry slam. APS has presented over 1 000 spoken word artists, bringing their words from all corners of the globe to an audience of over 20 000 within the Asia-Pacific region. As one of the largest initiatives of Word Travels, APS touches rural and urban communities in Australia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand, inspiring a love of poetry and catapulting spoken word artists onto an international stage.

Last year, the National Poetry Slam Final took place on 15 October at Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest 2017, where Solli Raphael and Jesse Oliver were crowned the first ever Co-Champions.

This year, APS Poetry Slam heats will begin in June through until the finals in October.

Catch the raw and witty, vulnerable and downright gritty voices of the world's best wordsmiths, live.

How does it work?

  Arielle Cottingham - 2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion

Arielle Cottingham - 2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion

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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.