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.


 Melanie Mununggurr-Williams was announced the first ever Indigenous Australian Poetry Slam Champion at Sydney Opera House

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams was announced the first ever Indigenous Australian Poetry Slam Champion at Sydney Opera House

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 Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House. The ultimate prize? An all expenses paid international tour, performing at Byron Writers FestivalUbud Writers and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Australian Poetry Slam began in 2005 and has since grown into an internationally renowned poetry slam. APS has presented over 1000 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, the International Performing Writers' Centre, 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.

As well as APS, Word Travels delivers spoken word events throughout the year including: Story-Fest, Multilingual Poetry Slam, The Rumble Youth Slam and bespoke events and workshops for schools, companies and organisations.

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams was crowned 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion at the National Final at Sydney Opera House, the closing event of Story-Fest '18 from October 19th to 21st. Melanie is the first ever Indigenous champion.

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

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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.