ENDED: Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2019: call-out for entries

roundhouse poetry slam

Supported by:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, H&C David, Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange, The Music Works, Strike A Light, Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester Culture Trust

Poetry Slam 2019: call-out for entries

Gloucester heat

Gloucester Guildhall
2nd May, 7.30pm
Deadline for applications 22nd March, 10am
Age range 18-25

» Applications now open

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 top prize of ÂŁ600.

There is nothing quite like a Roundhouse Poetry Slam final: an atmosphere of encouragement and anticipation against the backdrop of the legendary Roundhouse. Could you be one of our 15 finalists this year?

This year, we will be running heats in Gloucester, London and Hull. Those who make it through the first round of heats in Gloucester and Hull will go through to the London heats.

Judges and hosts will be announced soon.

Key dates

Initial heat: Gloucester 2 May

London Poetry Slam final 6th June

You must be available for both the Gloucester heats and the final in London.

How it works

  1. Complete an application form, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written.
  2. We will invite a shortlist to perform in the first heats of the poetry slam in the Roundhouse Sackler Space (16, 17, 18 of May 2019)
  3. The winners of the first heats will be taken through to the Slam Final in the Main Space (6 of June 2019)

What will I get from taking part?

By the end of the project you will:

  • Have showcased your talent in front of large audiences at Gloucester Guildhall, the semi-finals in the Sackler Space, and the Roundhouse 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
  • 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.
  • The slam will be judged by industry experts. Judges announced soon!

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?

No previous experience necessary

We will be running a series of workshops in Gloucester. For more information click here

Is there anything I need to bring or wear?

Notebook and pen

Application deadline: 22nd March 2019

  • Why do you want to enter the Roundhouse Poetry Slam? (max 200 words)
  • Please provide links to TWO examples of your work, at least one of which must be a video (this does not have to be professional quality).


  • If you do not have access to a camera or phone, please get in touch and we can arrange help.
  • If the video is password protected, remember to include the password
  • If there are multiple people in the clip, please let us know how to identify you
  • Please check the links work, as otherwise your application will be discarded.

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.