01 September 2008

2008 Australian Poetry Slam

It's back! Registrations are now open for the three Perth metro heats of the 2008 Australian Poetry Slam so email us now if you want to be a part of this year's wordplay. A maximum of 20 participants get to compete in each heat, and registrations are taken on a strictly first come, first served basis. This year's Slam in WA is presented in partnership with the 25th anniversary Artrage Festival and three Perth metro heats will take place at the Bakery Artrage Complex on James Street on the 2nd, 9th and 23rd October, from 8pm.

A regional heat will also be held in Geraldton on 13 September as part of the Big Sky Writers Festival.

And, in an exciting new partnership with ABC Local Radio, highlights from each heat will be broadcast on 720 ABC Radio Perth and mid-west.

The WA state final of the Slam will be held 6 November and the winner and runner up from the final will be flown to Sydney to compete in the national final to be held at the Sydney Opera House on 4 December.

The State finalist and runner up also receive cash prizes of $500 and $100 from writingWA. The national Slam champion will receive a cash prize of $5000 generously made available by the Caledonia Foundation.

In 2007 West Australian poet Vivienne Glance had great success in Sydney, placing third in the national finals. Who knows what might develop in 2008...

For more information about the Slam click here...

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