About SLAMbassadors

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 SLAMbassadors finds the very best spoken word produced by young poets from the UK. Our spoken word programme is currently closed but watch this space!

The competition also involves a targeted workshop programme using spoken word to engage with young people in challenging circumstances. 


Winning poets recieve the chance to perform on stage in London alongside Joelle Taylor. Winners also receive continued support from The Poetry Society, including mentoring, workshops and performance opportunities.

For more information, visit SLAMbassadors

Previous Winners

Former winners of SLAMbassadors include: Anthony AnaxagorouGabriel AkamoMegan BeechKayo ChingonyiCharlotte HigginsLouise Hill, Sara Hirsch, Vanessa Kisuule, Hussain Manawer, NAGA MCChris Preddie OBE, Emily Anne Saltzman, and Tommy Sissons.

SLAMbassadors workshops

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.

Find out more about how to have SLAMbassadors workshops in your education settingread what our workshop participants say, or find out about our work in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.