Australian Poetry Slam
Australian Poetry Slam is an annual 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 as part of Story-Fest. The ultimate prize? An all expenses paid international tour, performing at Byron Writers Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival.
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, 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.
The 2018 APS heats began in June and ran until October culminating in the National Final on October 21st in which Melanie Mununggurr-Williams was voted 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Melanie is the first ever Indigenous champion of Australian Poetry Slam.