01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk




HLF2019 Poetry Slam Competition

Do you want to be crowned the HLF2019 Slam Champ? Then why not impress us with your talents and enter this year’s Poetry Slam hosted by spoken word artist Rose Condo at Small Seeds on March 30, 2019. (pic shows last years winner)

The winner will be awarded £50 cash, plus a performance slot at our HLF2020 Poetry Slam, plus a mini-tour with slots for at least three other performance poetry events (details to be announced at the Slam). Please note the performance part of the prize is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for a monetary prize.

TO ENTER: please send a video of you performing your work to HLF2019PoetrySlam@gmail.com by 28 February 2019.


  1. Poetry must be your own original work.
  2. No singing or props.
  3. There will be two rounds. The poets will draw numbers from a hat and perform in that order. In the second round the order will be reversed.
  4. Poets have 3 minutes to perform their poetry. The clock starts starts from the very first thing you say – including hello.
  5. Points will be deducted for over-running as follows:
  6. 1-9 seconds minus 1 point.
  7. 10-19 seconds minus 2 points.
  8. 20-29 seconds minus 3 points.
  9. 30 seconds minus 4 points, host will stop you, you’ll be judged on your incomplete poem.
  10. The poets will be scored out of 10 in two categories. Written content & quality of performance. The highest total score over both rounds wins. In the event of a tie there will be a final sudden death round.
  11. Judges’ decisions are final. Please remember the slam motto: “The points are not the point, the poetry is the point”.

Terms and Conditions

  1. To apply please e-mail HLF2019PoetrySlam@gmail.com with 1 video and/or audio files of you performing your work, preferably to a live audience. We’d prefer web links, but attachments (of manageable size!) will also be accepted.
  2. We will only view one application per person. Further applications will be ignored.
  3. The deadline for applications is strictly 5pm on 28 February 2019. We regret that we cannot view any applications received after this time.
  4. Successful artists should hear back from us by two days after the deadline.


Please send a video of you performing your work to 


by 28 February 2019.




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