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.
 
Individuals can enter, and teams can include 2, 3 or 4 members (max 4).
 
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: Thursday 28th May 2020
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: CQU’s Ooralea Campus, meet in the Library / Block 19.
 
Heats:
 Depending on the volume of entries, Whitsunday Voices will work with schools to run heats to select the teams that will perform at the Grand Final at the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival.
 
Competition Details:
Date: Friday 17 July 2020
Time: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: Whitsunday Anglican School, Ron Bourne Hall
Judging: The judging panel will include 3-4 authors
Judging criteria: 50% performance; 50% content
Entry Fee: $8/student/adult (parents are welcome to come and support)   

Emilie will host the competition, and the winners of the competition may be invited to present at the Whitsunday Voices WorkPac Literary Dinner (evening of 17 July 2020).

PRIZES! 

A cash prize of $400 will be awarded to the winning team.

Entry 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 7 May. At the workshop Emilie Zoey Baker will help you refine your piece before your performance at Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival!!
So come on... get SLAMMING!

ENTRIES CLOSE ON 25 MAY 2020. Entries to be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Tracey Gurdler, Whitsunday Voices, P O Box 3390, North Mackay, 4740.
 
 With thanks to Mackay Regional Real Estate for being our Slam Poetry Competition Partner.