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Are you ready for this York??!

Come on down: {EVERYBODY}

Win prizes! Judge Poets! Clap hands!

It’s a Poetry Slam Competition!

Poetry slam is a competitive performance arts event, in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of randomly chosen judges.

Slam contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their ORIGINAL spoken word poetry.

Five random judges are picked from the audience. Poetry slammers get up to 2 minutes on the mic to impress the judges with their spoken word or poem. This can be read and must be original. After each 2 minute performance, judges hold up score cards using a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the highest.
Come along and sign up to slam your poem (or just support the folk brave enough to give it a go). This is the first YORK SLAM and is for everyone to have a go for the first time in a safe place with a supportive crowd.
The rounds will take place in between the music acts on the Avon Park River Stage.
Round 1: 3.35pm
Round 2: 4.15pm
Round 3: 5.10pm

Here’s some tips for first timers:


Reference: https://powerpoetry.org/actions/5-tips-slam-poetry

  1. Make your poetry slam original. The written piece must be original. The story being performed for competition needs to be your own work.
  2. Pay attention to time. Each poet has 2minutes to perform. While practicing your poem, time yourself to make sure you do not go over the time limit (poets lose points for going over 10 or more seconds!).
  3. Keep it simple and relatable. Your poem should be able to reach your audience the first time it’s heard. Read and perform it for family & friends before competing. Ask them what is clear and what is not. Choose themes and subjects that many people can relate to, like relationships, politics, religion, insecurity, family-social issues, etc. Your poem should be clear and convey a message.
  4. Perform with rhythm and passion. Your poem should have a rhythm that shows through your passionate performance. A slam poem moves the audience through different moods. How the poem is performed is at least as important as the content if not more. If performance isn’t your strong suit, try out some of our tips for reading your poems out loud and get advice on stage fright from other slam poets.
  5. Practice.  Watch other slam poems for inspiration! There are lots on youtube.


Start: 6 Mar 3:30pm
End: 7 Mar 5:30pm
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