SLAMbassadors is a national youth spoken word competition that was established in 2001 by Joelle Taylor. Since then SLAMbassadors has discovered fantastic young artists, showcased new talent and supported young writers in their professional development.
Each year the SLAMbassadors competition finds the very best spoken word produced by young poets from the UK aged 12-18.
To enter the competition, please visit the SLAMbassadors site.
The competition also involves a targeted workshop programme; using spoken word to engage with young people in challenging circumstances.
Each year Joelle Taylor and a star judge pick their favorite entries to the competition. Previous judges have included Kate Tempest, Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish, Anthony Anaxagorou and Scroobius Pip.
Winning poets recieve the chance to perform on stage in London alongside that year’s judge. Winners also receive continued support from The Poetry Society, including mentoring, workshops and performance opportunities.
For more information, visit SLAMbassadors.
Former winners of SLAMbassadors include: Anthony Anaxagorou, Gabriel Akamo, Megan Beech, Kayo Chingonyi, Charlotte Higgins, Louise Hill, Sara Hirsch, Vanessa Kisuule, Hussain Manawer, NAGA MC, Chris Preddie OBE, Emily Anne Saltzman, and Tommy Sissons.
The SLAMbassadors programme delivers workshops to young people in secondary schools, youth groups, prisons and young traveller centres – anywhere with young people who have a story to tell.