About

SLAMbassadors was The Poetry Society’s national youth slam for 13-18 year olds. Between 2001 and 2018, it unearthed new talent, igniting live events, and developing the future of UK spoken word. This is now an archive page for reference only.

To find out about The Poetry Society’s extensive programmes for young people, head to the Young Poets page of our website. There, you’ll find information about our free global network of writers aged 25 and younger, Young Poets Network; the world’s biggest competition for 11-17 year olds, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award; and our performance opportunities for young people only, Young Poets Takeovers.

SLAMbassadors is now closed. The following information is for reference only.

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.

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.

Workshops

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.