Could you be the city's next Poetry Slam champion?

North East and Border writers are invited to speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing their words at Wodonga Library as part of the Australian Poetry Slam 2018.

Writers are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original poetry, hip hop, stories. The judges are randomly chosen from the crowd.

The top-two best slammers will be chosen by the audience and then have the opportunity to advance to the state final in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Poetry Slam National Final.

Wodonga Library Services co-ordinator Meaghan Brown said slam poetry was a unique opportunity for anyone to have a go at performance poetry.

"The open-mic style event levels the playing field - whether you're an experienced wordsmith or just starting out," she said.

"All are welcome to give it a try. As well as experiencing poetry live - it's a chance for our community to come together and support emerging creatives in a safe and inclusive environment.

"We're inviting people to be brave and take the stage to share their story. Each contender will have two minutes to perform their own original poem and impress the audience."

The Australian winner will receive an all expenses paid international tour, performing at Byron Writers Festival, Ubid Writers and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival and the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Registrations open at 6.30pm on Friday, August 10 with performances to start at 7pm.