If you're a poet and you know it, then this is for you


Calling all budding poets.

The search is on for Australia's 2018 poetry slam champion and Wodonga Library is hosting the Victorian heat on Friday, August 10.

Speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing your poems, stories, lyrics or monologues in this electric live event where the audience is the judge.

Two finalists from each slam heat will compete in the state final and the winner and runner-up from each state will compete at the national final at the Sydney Opera House in October.

Performance poet Joel McKerrow will host the evening.

The sign up for every slam opens half an hour before each slam begins.

"It doesn't matter whether you're a first-time performer or a spoken work aficionado - just rock up ready to write down your name and give a breathtaking performance," State Library Victoria program officer Rebecca Anthony said.

"Performing writers are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to capture the crowd.

"The host selects five judges at random from the crowd. After each performance, judges hold up cards using a 1 to 10 scales. Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted."

Age is no barrier with Coffs Harbour's Solli Raphael becoming the youngest winner of the Australian Poetry Slam last year at 12.

Registration opens at 6.30pm. The first 15 people to register are guaranteed a performance spot during the heat.

All subsequent registrations are added to a second pool that will be drawn at random for the final five performance spots, should more than 20 poets wish to perform.

For more information, visit wodongalibrary.com.au or australianpoetryslam.com.

Victorian Poetry Slam heat
Where: Wodonga Library
When: Friday, August 10
Time: Doors open at 6pm, registration at 6.30pm and the slam starts at 7pm.
Cost: Free