Past Opportunities

Roundhouse Poetry Slam

The Poetry Slam is back and we’re looking for Poets!

Now in it’s 14th year, the Roundhouse Poetry Slam is back!

After being postponed earlier this year due to COVID-19, we’re delighted to announce that the Slam will be going ahead and in partnership with Gloucester Culture Trust and Strike a Light we’re looking for the most exciting poets aged 18-25 from the South West. Could you be one of the finalists this year?

This year’s Slam final judges include writer and poet Anthony Anaxagorou, poet, editor and essayist Will Harris and Cultural Producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng.

By taking part, you’ll get….

• The chance to showcase your talent in front of live and online audiences.
• The opportunity to make industry contacts, raise your profile and network with peers and professionals in the spoken word industry.
• Have the opportunity to compete for the title of Roundhouse Slam Champion and win a cash prize if you finish in the top three or win the audience vote.
• Finalists’ performances will be professionally filmed and uploaded to the Roundhouse YouTube Channel, which has over 16,000 subscribers. Past finalist videos have been reposted by global online publications and accumulated views in excess of 5 million.
• Cash prizes for the runners up

Please note, this year we will be hosting the Slam Heats online via Zoom. We are on track and hoping that the final can take part live at the Roundhouse in London, but will of course be keeping an eye on the latest government advice. We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups is not feasible or safe at this time so we will work with each finalist to figure out the best option for them. We will be able to provide financial support for finalists who need help paying for travel to London from within the UK.

Last year’s winner Kareem Parkins-Brown has been developing his first full-length solo show with support from the Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, featured at an event for Stormzy’s #Merky Books and continues to develop his writing.


Apply by 26 October, midday
• Heat 1: 10 November – Online (Zoom)
• Heat 2: 11 November – Online (Zoom)
• Heat 3: 12 November – Online (Zoom)
• Final: 26 November, 7:30pm – Roundhouse, London


1. Complete the application form, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline: midday, 26 October 2020
2. We will invite a shortlist of poets to perform in the Slam Heats which this year will be hosted online via Zoom on 10th, 11th and 12th November 2020.
3. The winner of each heat will progress directly to the Slam Final on 26th November 2020, along with the nine top scoring finalists from across all three heats.