About SLAMbassadors

SLAMbassadors was The Poetry Society’s national youth slam for 13-18 year olds. Between 2001 and 2018, it unearthed new talent, igniting live events, and developing the future of UK spoken word. This is now an archive page for reference only.

To find out about The Poetry Society’s extensive programmes for young people, head to the Young Poets page of our website. There, you’ll find information about our free global network of writers aged 25 and younger, Young Poets Network; the world’s biggest competition for 11-17 year olds, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award; and our performance opportunities for young people only, Young Poets Takeovers.

We continue to work with the brilliant SLAMbassadors poet coaches, who can run SLAMbassadors style workshops with your young people. To invite a poet in to work with your groups, please complete and send us this form to [email protected].

The SLAMbassadors competition is now closed. The following information is for reference only.

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 receive 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.