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Poetry Slam Call Out

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is back!
Aged 18 – 25? Could you be the next slam champion?

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is back for its 15th year!

We’re very excited to be partnering with the Roundhouse on this year’s Poetry Slam. The Slam final will go ahead with a live audience this Summer after being moved online last year.

We are now in search of the next Slam champion – could you be one of this year’s finalists?

The 15th Poetry Slam final judges will include writer of the critically acclaimed Queenie, with more to be announced.

Kareem Parkins-Brown – 2019 Poetry Slam Final winner

• 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 the Slam Heats will be hosted online via Zoom.
We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups for the LIVE FINAL is not feasible or safe at this time so The Roundhouse will work with each finalist to figure out the best option for them.
The Roundhouse will be able to provide financial support for finalists who need help paying for travel to London from within the UK.


1. Complete the application form on the Roundhouse website, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline (extended): Sunday 27 June, Midday
2. They will invite a shortlist of poets to perform in the Slam Heats which this year will be hosted online via Zoom on 6,7,8 July 2021
3. The winner of each heat will progress directly to the Slam Final on 29th July 2021, along with the nine top scoring finalists from across all three heats.

The Roundhouse are also running two online workshops to help you prepare for the slam, led by Joelle Taylor an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor.

Get Slam Ready: Writing Skills, 1 June
Get Slam Ready: Performance Skills, 2 June

Roundhouse Poetry Slam is in partnership with National Theatre Wales, Voice Box, Gloucester Culture Trust and Hull Truck and is generously supported by Colin and Helen David.