Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next slam?
The slam is held on the last Tuesday of every month. We also run an open-mic workshop on the night before the slam called Flip The Script. Check the Upcoming Events tab for more information.

How do I sign up to perform?
You can sign up on the night before the slam starts. Make sure you arrive before 6:30pm. Please note that signing up doesn’t guarantee you a performance spot. Fifteen performers are randomly drawn from a hat in a “lottery” style system.

Is there an age limit?
No. All ages are welcome to attend and perform.

How long can I perform for?
3 minutes max.

…but what if I have a really good piece that goes over the time-limit?
No. Please be considerate of other performers and stick to the time-limit.

Can I still come if I don’t want to perform?
Absolutely! The majority of audience members just come to enjoy the night and eat the watermelon.

Is there an entry fee?
Yes. A small $5 entry fee was added at the start of 2019. This is to cover costs of sound tech, feature poets, music acts and photography. Children under 14 receive free entry.

Can I perform a piece with a backing track?
No. However, we are always on the look-out for musical performers to open our slams. Please email with details about your work. You are also welcome to perform at our monthly event, Flip The Script, which is open to all creative art forms.

Do you run any public workshops?
We occasionally run workshops throughout the year. Please see Upcoming Events. We also run Flip The Script, a free open-mic workshop evening held on the Monday night before the slam for young people. Email if you would like to join.

Can you run a workshop at my work or school?
Yes, we can craft workshops to suit any group. Please email us at with the details.

I want to book a BPS poet for an event. Who do I speak to?
Please visit Book An Artist and fill out the form.

I performed at Bankstown Poetry Slam and would like to see the footage.
Due to resource limitations, we are unable to upload every video performed at Bankstown Poetry Slam. However, we can try our best to meet your request. Please email

I’m a small business and want to sell my food or goods at your event. Who can I contact?
Did someone say food? We’re always interested in possible partnerships. Please email

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