Our Poetry Slam is back for its 15th year!

We are delighted to announce this annual highlight of the Roundhouse calendar will go ahead with a live audience this Summer after being moved online last year. We are now in search of the next Slam champion – could you be one of this year’s finalists?

The 15th Poetry Slam final judges will include writer of the critically acclaimed Queenie, with more to be announced. Plus, we will be continuing our partnerships with National theatre of wales and Voice box, Hull Truck theatre and Gloucester culture trust.

By taking part, you’ll get:

• The chance to showcase your talent in front of live and 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 re-posted by global online publications and accumulated views in excess of 5 million.
• Cash prizes for the runners up
Please note, this year we will again be hosting the Slam Heats online via Zoom. We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups for the LIVE FINAL 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.


1. Complete the application form below, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline: Sunday 27 June, Midday
2. We will invite a shortlist of poets to perform in the Slam Heats which this year will be hosted online via Zoom on 6,7,8 July 2021
3. The winner of each heat will progress directly to the Slam Final on 29th July 2021, along with the nine top scoring finalists from across all three heats.

We are also running two online workshops led by Joelle Taylor to help you prepare for the Slam. They are:
Get Slam Ready: Writing Skills, 1 June
Get Slam Ready: Performance Skills, 2 June