Slam Poetry Competition
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Senior school students in Grades 9 to 12 in Mackay are invited to enter the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival’s Slam Poetry Competition.
Teams will be coached by highly acclaimed and award winning Slam Poet, Emilie Zoey-Baker.
Emilie runs Out Loud! – a slam poetry competition hosted as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival each year. To get a taste of what is involved, click here.
Teams can include 2, 3 or 4 members.
Depending on entries received, we may have two categories: Grades 9 and 10 students in one category, and Grades 11 and 12 students in another.
Teams are required to participate in a workshop hosted by Emilie (via Skype or in person) where she will present what is involved in writing and performing slam poetry, and then teams will break away into groups to work on their own poem. Emilie will work with each team to refine their poetry, and by the end of the workshop, teams should have a poem that can be refined as they practice for the competition.
Workshop Details:
Date: Tuesday 17 July 2018
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: CQU’s Mackay City Campus, meet in the Cafeteria.
Schools should support their teams and allow time for them to practice on 18 and 19 July. If a school has more than one team participating in a category, they may need to run their own heats to select the team to compete at the Festival.
Competition Details:
Date: Friday 20 July 2018
Time: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Venue: Whitsunday Anglican School, Ron Bourne Hall
Judging: The judging panel will include 3 teachers
Judging criteria: 50% performance; 50% content
Entry Fee: $8/student   

Emilie will host the competition.
A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to each team member in the winning team/s.
Forms can be found here.
Want to get a head start to your Slam Poetry entry?? Follow Emilie's easy 7 steps HERE to get you get started on your piece... Practice over the holidays and bring what you have to the FREE Slam workshop on Tuesday 17th July. Emilie Zoey Baker will then help you refine your piece before your performance at Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival!!
So come on... get SLAMMING!

ENTRIES CLOSE ON 17 JULY 2018. Entries to either be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Tonia Wilson, Whitsunday Voices, P O Box 3390, North Mackay, 4740.