Summer Slam 19 – Heat 1

The Summer Slam is about introducing new people to slam poetry, about having some fun, about no ‘real’ pressure. No big prizes, no interstate trips: just good words and sharing.

Heat 1 kicks off at the State Library of South Australia – Institute Building
corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.

Saturday 5th January
Sign in from 6:00pm for 6:30pm start.

Remember:  original new work, 2 minutes only, one poem only, no props or fancy dress …  Click here to read all the rules…

Poetry book prizes for the heats generously donated by Wakefield Press. Summer Slam is also supported by Writers SA,Word Travels and ACW – Adelaide Championship Wrestling.

Click here for maps and more info.

Summer Slam 19 is here!

The Summer Slams are back for 2019!! 

Four heats and a final at some of our favourite venues around town.

The Summer Slam is about introducing new people to slam poetry, about having some fun, about no ‘real’ pressure. No big prizes, no interstate trips: just good words and sharing.  But please read the rules!!

Click on the links below for more details. 

Heat 1  State Library of SA / Saturday 5th January / 6:00 pm
Heat 2  Broadcast Bar / Sunday 13th January / 6:00 pm
Heat 3  Southwark Hotel / Saturday 19th January / 6:30 pm
Heat 4  King’s Head Hotel / Thursday 31st January / 6:30 pm
FINAL  Jive Nightclub / Saturday 9th February / 7:00pm

Poetry book prizes for the heats generously donated by Wakefield Press. Summer Slam is also supported by Writers SA, Word Travels and ACW – Adelaide Championship Wrestling

The Rules

  1. Enter at the venue on the night of the heat 30 minutes before the heat commences.
  2. You may register up until we choose judges. We will do one last call out.  Once we start choosing judges, no more entrants are allowed. 
  3. Random draw for performance order.
  4. ABSOLUTE two minute limit. Time starts at your first word or when the timekeeper feels the performance has begun (no additional time allowed for introductions). Points will be deducted from the final score for exceeding the time limit — one point for every 30 seconds over time. For example: At 2:01 minutes you will lose a point. At 2:31 minutes you will lose another point…  ONE POEM ONLY!!
  5. Five judges chosen by the MC at random from the audience.
  6. Judges hold up score cards using a 1 – 10 scale to one decimal point, with 10 being the highest possible score. Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted. The decision of the judges is final.
  7. Poem must be the original work of the performer and a new poem. No poetry that has been performed in previous SA Poetry Slam events is eligible.  No plagiarism, folks. One or two recognisable pop culture references are okay.
  8. No musical accompaniment. No props. No costumes. (ie, clothing related to the poem).
  9. SA Poetry Slam Organisers and feature performers may not compete.
  10. In the event of a tie, a slam-off will occur.
  11. The Judges’ and Organiser’s decisions regarding winners are final and cannot be contested. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into in this regard.
  12. Don’t piss in our pockets. Summer Slam is about introducing new people to slam poetry, about having some fun, about no ‘real’ pressure. No big prizes, no interstate trips, just good words and sharing.
  13. Rules may change to fit the event. For example, number of judges, quality of chocolates, letting late comers sign up, two rounds of poetry, harvesting of organs.

Summer Slam 2018 Winners!!



A great Summer Slam season – familiar faces, veterans of the spoken word game and some fresh new talent stepping up at all of the heats provided us with some stunning new work and new faces that you will definitely be hearing more from.  The final at Jive saw us entertained by Eugene Phoa‘s songs and Andrew Drake‘s words before our ten finalists hit the stage and provided the audience with plenty to think about and enjoy.

Congratulations to everyone who shared their work this summer but of course there can only be one winner (and a second and third!)

Well done to Jason Marsiglia for taking the Summer Slam 2018 Crown and to Caroline Reid in second and Wanling Liu in third.

There’s a lot more happening at Spoken Word SA so stay tuned. Sign-up to receive email notification of new posts as they appear.


Summer Slam 2018: Final!

Saturday, 3rd February, 2018. 

Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide.

Doors open 7:00pm, $10 entry.

The 2018 Summer Slam FINAL is here. After three heats we are left with ten finalists ready to battle it out for slam gold at the have-a-go, all about the fun ‘off-season’ Spoken Word SA poetry slam. And with a professional wrestling inspired name what else would you expect?

With a guest spot from ANDREW DRAKE; the 2017 S.A. state winner of the Australian Poetry Slam which saw him go on to perform at the nationals in the Sydney Opera House. Andrew has also been a state finalist on three previous occasions and has recently been published by Ginninderra Press.

The night will open with some tunes from EUGENE PHOA; a singer-songwriter from Adelaide, Australia. Disillusioned with a career in advertising, he left to embark on a year-long journey of self-discovery that brought him through India and Thailand and back to music. Raw, punchy and powerful, his original music fuses soul-igniting anthems and heartfelt ballads with soaring vocals and lyrical shots of truth.

The exact same rules apply as in the national finals. This means nothing to be performed that was used in the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam or before. But it is a great chance to craft some material for next years competition.

Check out the poster for details, or click here or here for the Facebook event.