SLAMbassadors is the national youth slam for 13-18 year olds. Since 2001 it has been unearthing new talent, igniting live events, and developing the future of UK spoken word.

Entering the slam

The slam is open every year to any young person in the country aged 13-18, and aims to uncover the next generation of MCs, rappers, performance poets and spoken word artists. Click here to find out how to enter the slam.

The top 6 winning entries from 2017, plus the winner of the Cold Fire Award and this year’s highly commended entries can be seen on the SLAMbassadors YouTube channel.

What can I win?

Young spoken word artists from across the UK will be chosen to take part in an intensive, two-day masterclass with the spoken word artist Joelle Taylor. The winners’ work will be showcased at a live performance in central London alongside Joelle.

The biggest prize however is the continual mentoring provided to the young artists by The Poetry Society, who work hard to introduce the emerging poets to the professional arena and open up the world of performance and publishing to them. 

Previous winners include Anthony Anaxagorou, Megan Beech, Kayo Chingonyi, Aisling Fahey, Tommy Sissons, Vanessa Kisuule and NAGA MC.


We aim to involve participants across a wide spectrum of faiths, backgrounds and abilities and aim to involve as many young people as possible in reading, writing, and performing poetry. To do this we also deliver workshops in schools, young offender institutions, youth groups – anywhere where there are young people who want their voice to be heard.

Visit The Poetry Society website for more information about workshops in your setting.