Are you ready for some Slam action?
People are standing up and speaking out. From small communities to capital cities, they are electrifying audiences using their voices, a mic and imagination. The nation's mightiest wordsmiths face-off in an epic finale - part of Word Travel's Story Fest: 3 days packed with poetry, stories, lyrics and monologues.
The NSW State Final promises to be the biggest and most spectacular final yet, as the best and most fresh performing writers from across NSW rock the mic solo and acapella with poetry, stories, lyrics and monologues. Held at the Sydney Dance Lounge on Friday 9th October, this one is shaping up to be something very special, purchase your tickets
Australian Poetry Slam finals will be held in the Drama Theatre of The Sydney Opera House, Sunday 11th October. This is the closing event of the Word Travels' Story Fest, judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, one person will get the chance to perform their own words at the China Bookworm, Ubud, Byron and Sydney International Readers' and Writers' Festivals in 2016.
Who will this nationwide search unearth in 2015? What stories will explode in your mind, cause you to run onto stage, pump your fist and shout, "Hell yeah! Me too!" Purchase your tickets
Welcome to AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM - the largest spoken-word program in the Southern hemisphere.
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 Theatre to China to Bali.
How's it work?
Two performing writers from each region are chosen to represent their community in a State Final. The audience at the State Finals choose two powerful wordsmiths to head to the nationals in Sydney. National Final punters pick one Australian spoken-word artist to tour the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China and the Ubud Writers and Reader Festival in Bali.
Could you be Australia's next Slam Champion?
This may sound like a huge deal for a poet from Queanbeyan, Alice Springs, Newcastle or Canberra but most importantly Australians are telling their stories, spitting their poetry, rolling out their rhymes and audiences are not just listening they're getting their notebooks out on the train ride home.
If you want to speak, scream, sing, rap, howl or whisper your words, click on the "Heats" page to find a slam near you.
Or take a seat and cheer your favourite poetry super heroes?
If you want to be in the cheering, raucous, finger-snapping, poetry loving audience you too can click on a heat or a Final.
Judges are chosen randomly from the live audience.
Also check out the latest videos on YouTube Channel.
Australian Poetry Slam Champion for 2013/14! Zohab Zee Khan took the title at the National Final at Sydney Opera House alongside a collection of finalists from every state and territory.
Coming in as runner-up was Belowsky from Perth and third place went to Brendan Dennis from Melbourne
We want to thank all of the poets, heat and state final organisers and audiences around Australia who pulled together to make this year our best APS yet.
Check out Zohab's winning performance:
This year Word Travels' Story Fest exploded the NSW and National Finals into a performing writers' festival that was three-days of live literary mayhem!
We featured panel, workshops, screenings special performances from Hip Hop act Horrorshow and 2008 APS Champion Omar Musa!