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Welcome to NOOSA alive!, a 10 day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums – in one of Australia’s most enviable destinations: Noosa Heads, Queensland.

Founded by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley.

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Presented by NOOSA alive! in association with the Bunker Spoken Word Series and the Queensland Poetry Festival


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Tues, 23 Jul 2019

Sign up from 6:30pm

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Get ready for Australia’s biggest spoken word competition, hosted by Queensland’s favourite spoken word collective, RUCKUS SLAM and Horizon Festival’s own Spoken Word crew, THE BUNKER COLLECTIVE.


Australian Poetry Slam is a live literary performance program where the audience decides the champion. With a nationwide round of 60 heats, the best slammers will perform for the chance to win the Australian Poetry Slam National Final at the Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest.


The ultimate prize is an all expenses paid international tour, performing at Byron Writers Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Banff Arts Centre and Blue Metropolis Festival.


Dust off your poems, grab your friends and head along for your opportunity to be crowned Australian Poetry Slam Champion 2019! 

Time & Location

Noosa Arts Theatre


$25 / $20



  1. All ages are welcome to enter Australian Poetry Slam

  2. Entry for the slam is at the venue on the night of the heat

  3. Contestants must reside in the state in which they are competing.

  4. Random draw for performance order.

  5. ABSOLUTE two minute limit. Time starts at your first word or when the timekeeper feels your performance has begun.

  6. Five judges chosen by the host at random from the audience.

  7. Judges hold up score cards using a 1 – 10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted.

  8. Poems must be the original work of the performer written within the last 12 months.

  9. No musical accompaniment. No props. No costumes. Personal poem transcripts permitted.

  10. Two performers with the highest scores in each heat will proceed to their State, Territory or Regional Final.

  11. Staff and volunteers of Word Travels, Australian Poetry Slam and venues that are hosting heats may not compete.

  12. You may enter more than one heat, but only heats in your state. 

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