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 at the Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest 2017. 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 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.

This year APS Poetry Slam heats begin in June 2017 through to the finals in October 2017. The National Poetry Slam Final will take place on 15 October as part of Story-Fest 2017. See details on how to attend or perform below:

Arielle Cottingham - 2016's Australian Poetry Slam Champion

Arielle Cottingham - 2016's Australian Poetry Slam Champion