Want to win a spot on our team and go on a poetry tour next summer? Come to our second qualifier and bring your best poetry!
Poets will compete for a spot on our National Team. The top two in every Qualifier go on to the semifinals, and the top two of each Semifinal goes on to our Grand Slam in the spring!
But this year, what you win will be different. The top four poets in the Grand Slam will be our national team, and will get a special prize: a poetry tour of the west coast! We’ll be paying for transportation, hotels, and will arrange the venues. We’ll help you make chapbooks and any other merch that you want to sell if you want help. We’ll provide assistance to help you thrive during the tour. And hopefully you’ll come back from the tour having made new friendships and connections throughout the poetry community!
If the idea of a poetry road trip sounds awesome, come to our first qualifier this week and compete!
About Our Feature
Having been commissioned by organisations as diverse as United Nations and Million Women Rise, Sophia Walker has performed everywhere from the Lagos International Poetry Festival in Nigeria to the Scottish Parliament. Annually nominated Best UK Spoken Word Performer, her three spoken word shows have won four awards thus far. Her debut collection Opposite The Tourbus was shortlisted for the Reader’s Choice section of The Guardian newspaper’s First Book Award. An International Literature Showcase fellow, Sophia was selected as one of the top contemporary UK literary talents. She is a two time national champion and runs the prestigious BBC Slam Championships.
Writing Circle at 6pm!
How to Sign up!
Go to the stage, there will be slips of paper and a pen! Put your name in the tambourine to join the slam, and in the metal bucket to join the open mic!
About the Open Mic
You can do poetry, songs, even comedy: but we ask that you stick to no more than one poem/song, as well as keeping it at or under 3 minutes!
If you are Slamming
If you sign up for the slam, remember that you MUST be in attendance for the draw at 8pm! If you miss the draw, you will be given the first position automatically. If you miss that, you will be disqualified!