One of the highlights of the Roundhouse calendar, the Poetry Slam is back. The slam offers young poets from across the UK the chance to compete for the coveted Slam Champion title plus a prize of £600.

There’s nothing quite like a Roundhouse Slam Final; an atmosphere of anticipation and encouragement against the backdrop of the legendary Roundhouse. Could you be one of our fifteen finalists this year? Judges and Hosts will be announced soon!

*Please note, this year we are running first heats in Gloucester, Hull and London. Those who make it through the Hull and Gloucester heats will then be transferred to the remaining London heats. Please specify in your application which heat you are applying to.

Key dates:

  • Apply by 16 April, 5pm
  • Heat 1: 2 May Gloucester
  • Heat 1: 7 May Hull
  • Heat 1: 16 May London
  • Heat 2: 17 May London
  • Heat 3: 18 May London
  • Final: 6 June London


  1. Complete an application form including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline: 5pm, 16 April 2019
  2. We will invite a shortlist to perform in the first heats of the poetry slam. Winners of regional heats will be entered directly into the London heats.
  3. The winners of the first heats will be taken through to the Slam Final on Thursday 6 June in the Main Space
We are also running an optional Slam Prep Workshops in London (19 April) to give you a refresher on how the slam works and prepare you to compete!

What will I get from taking part?

  • Have showcased your talent in front of large audiences at the semi-finals in Roundhouse’s Sackler Space, and the Main Space if you get through to the final.
  • Have made industry contacts and networked with peers and professionals in the spoken word industry.
  • Have had the opportunity to compete for the title of Slam Champion and win £600 for first place, £400 for second, and £200 for third.
  • All finalist performances will be professionally filmed and uploaded to the Roundhouse YouTube Channel, which has over 12,000 subscribers. Past poetry, slam winner videos have accumulated up to 100,000 views.

Who will be teaching the project?
Slam judges will be a panel of experts from the industry, including producers and professional 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. You will be mentored throughout the process but you should be confident and ready to perform your work in front of an audience.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?
We have places available on all our projects for individuals with additional needs.Get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements and do our best in supporting you.

Where is the project taking place?
Roundhouse and Gloucester Guildhall.

How to Enrol