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Meanwhile the streets lie choked
by fumes and pollution as we breathe 
tight tokes of the deep white smoke.
~ from 'City Boy' by Mantra

OutLoud is a spoken word poetry slam competition run by Australian Poetry in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Red Room Poetry and national young writers’ organisation, Express Media.

Stemming from Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project, OutLoud encourages primary and secondary students to create poems inspired by the new theme of environmental sustainability, and then battle it out in a state-wide school poetry slam competition! 

Held as part of Melbourne Writers Festival, OutLoud is founded and headed by Creative Director and poet Emilie Zoey Baker, and funded by the City of Melbourne Arts Projects Grants 2019.


How it works

Schools can enter teams of up to four students who create, rehearse and then perform an original slam poem. OutLoud primary finalists appear at the Melbourne Writers Festival!

Professional judging and inspired mentoring, by Baker and other leading slam-poet-teachers, have made the program an enormous success in its history to date.

Register for 2019

In 2019, the OutLoud finals will be held on the 2 and 3 September at The Melbourne Writers Festival in its new home of the State Library of Victoria.

Registrations are open for primary and secondary schools now through Australian Poetry.

Register today>

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