A highlight of the Roundhouse calendar for the last 14 years, our Poetry Slam is back!

After being postponed earlier this year due to COVID-19, we’re delighted to announce the event will be going ahead digitally, live streamed from the Roundhouse, so we’re in search of the next Slam Champion. Could you be one of the finalists this year?

This year’s Slam final judges include writer and poet Anthony Anaxagorou, poet, editor and essayist Will Harris and Cultural Producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng.

By taking part, you’ll get….

• The chance to showcase your talent in front of 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 we will be hosting the Slam Heats online via Zoom. We hope that the final can take part live at the Roundhouse, but will of course be keeping an eye on the latest government advice. We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups is not feasible or safe at this time so we will work with each finalist to figure out the best option for them.
We will be able to provide financial support for finalists who need help paying for travel to London from within the UK.

Last year’s winner Kareem Parkins-Brown has been developing his first full-length solo show with support from the Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, featured at an event for Stormzy’s #Merky Books and continues to develop his writing.

Key dates:

• Apply by 26 October, midday
• Heat 1: 10 November – Online (Zoom)
• Heat 2: 11 November – Online (Zoom)
• Heat 3: 12 November – Online (Zoom)
• Final: 26 November, 7pm – Roundhouse, London

APPLY NOW
HOW IT WORKS

1. Complete the application form below, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline: midday, 26 October 2020
2. We will invite a shortlist of poets to perform in the Slam Heats which this year will be hosted online via Zoom on 10th, 11th and 12th November 2020.
3. The winner of each heat will progress directly to the Slam Final on 26th November 2020, along with the nine top scoring finalists from across all three heats.

We are running an online Poetry Slam Prep Workshop on 29th September at 6:00pm to provide a refresher on how slam works and get you ready to compete.

APPLICATION FORM

FAQs

Who will be leading the project?
Slam judges will be a panel of experts from the industry, including producers and professional writers and spoken word artists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
You should have some poetry writing and performance experience and be ready to compete at a high level.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?
If you have any additional needs we encourage you to take part, and will work with you to support you.
We will be able to provide financial support for finalists who need help paying for travel to London from within the UK.

Where is the project taking place?
Heats – Online via Roundhouse Zoom account
Final – The Roundhouse, London.

We hope that the final can take part live in the Roundhouse main space, but will of course be keeping an eye on the latest government advice. We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups is not feasible or safe at this time so we will work with each finalist to figure out the best option for them.

Will there be COVID-19 safety measures in place for the final?
Up to date COVID-19 and general health and safety measures will be carefully adhered to for the Final which will take place at the Roundhouse and all finalists will be clearly briefed in advance.

Will there be any audiences?
The Heats will take place online via Zoom and tickets will be sold via Roundhouse website for people wishing to be part of the online audience.
Participants will each receive 1x complimentary ticket for friends/family.
The Final will be live streamed for free across Roundhouse’s YouTube and Facebook channels. There may be a small audience of invited guests present at the Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is generously supported by Colin and Helen David.
In partnership with Hull Truck, NTW Team and Voicebox.