Friday, December 4 @ 6:30pm
Library At The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
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Poets and audience are both encouraged to book tickets at http://trybooking.com/Booking/…
Registration details to enter the prize are below.
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to announce the first ever Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
With cash and other prizes on offer, the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is awarded to a poet for an exceptional piece of performance poetry judged by a panel comprised of hosts of various spoken word and poetry events around Melbourne: Michael Reynolds (Passionate Tongues), Michelle Dabrowski (Slamalamadingdong), Amanda Anastasi (La Mama Poetica), Ebony MonCrief (Voices in the Attic) and Geoff Lemon (editor of Going Down Swinging).
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize will take place at the picturesque Library At The Dock in their classy performance space.
Prizes include at least $200 in cash, feature poet spots at Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Slamalamadingdong and Voices in the Attic, publication in Audacious in 2016, a year’s membership to Writers Victoria and a year’s subscription to Overland.
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is open to all poets (with the exception of the judges and the Melbourne Spoken Word committee) with a limit of twenty entrants. Registration for the Prize will open on Monday, November 23 at 12pm and close when twenty poets have signed up. The order and confirmation of entry will be drawn live on the Melbourne Spoken Word YouTube Channel on Friday, November 28 at 12pm and be published on the Melbourne Spoken Word Facebook event.
To register, email [email protected] (after registration has opened) with the subject line ‘Melbourne Spoken Word Prize entrant.’ Registrations will NOT be accepted via other forms such as Facebook message or before the registration time.
Poets who do not make the first twenty, will be added to a waiting list in the event that a poet has to pull out. Poets entering and on the waiting list must buy a ticket to be part of the audience as a condition of entry.
Poets must arrive at 7pm before the beginning of the night or they will forfeit their entry to someone on the waiting list. Poets have three minutes to perform their poem with a 10 second grace period. Poets will be judged on a combination of poetic content and performance at the judges’ discretion. No correspondence with the judges will be entered into during the period of the prize.
With the world in a pretty unprecedented situation, as people already know, and although it’s by far not the most important issue right now, it’s had a pretty devastating effect on the arts, including the spoken word community.
Obviously, us coming together as a community at events in person are a crucial part of spoken word, and one the main reasons MSW exists is to support those community events. For us, it’s not just about the art form or individual artists, but how the art form brings people together, whether you’ve been doing this as a career for ages or whether you’ve turned up to an open mic for the very first time.
It’s been a learning experience and a bit of brightness amongst the darkness to watch how people have responded to self-isolation and lockdown measures by finding ways to use online platforms to continue to host open mics and other events. Alongside us starting to live stream events, we’ve been watching the rest of our community and the different ways events have gone online.
Spoken word, storytelling, poetry and writing still remain a way we can express ourselves and try to make sense of the world we live in and for us to come together as a community and for people’s voices to be heard. This remains critical in a time of self-isolation.
With most expert opinions predicting that this situation is likely to continue for months, not just weeks, the likelihood of us being able to hold in person events with an audience in July or August is pretty unlikely, and so Melbourne Spoken Word has made a decision to not hold The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival in 2020.
Instead, we’re announcing The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online for 2020, with a new expressions of interest period now open for organisations and producers to propose events to be held on online as part of our program this year. We’re excited to see what spoken word
Morgaine van Wingerden, honourable mention at The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize performs ‘The Waitlist’ at Collingwood Town Hall. The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and artist who shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She has featured at numerous events across Melbourne and Sydney, and has performed at the Bowery Poetry House and Nuyorican in New York. She has been a member of Slamalamadingdong’s Team Slama the last two years in a row and was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Miss Yankey performs ‘The Rose That Never Grew’ at Slamalamadingdong in March, 2019.
Miss Yankey is a British/Ghanaian Spoken Word artist; Founder of Poetry Prescribed; FLO Poet; Co-host and Resident Poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; Open Mic Host at Mind Over Matter; and milli-tasking mother of twins. A passionate advocate of mental health and domestic violence awareness, she often writes poetry on these topics in a bid to takle the stigma attached to them.