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.
Poetryspective, a new poetry and spoken word event celebrates world poetry. Featuring one poet performing their own work, and one poet presenting the work of a poet who inspires them, with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work, but the work of others that inspire them. MC’d by Lish Skec.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘Murrispacetime’ as part Blakwork, reading for the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, at The Wheeler Centre in August 2018.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales. She now lives in Sydney on Wangal land, and is recently returned from the US, where she received a 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard. Her poem MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017. She is the author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books), the debut collection that established her as a powerful new voice in poetry.
Her next book, Blakwork (forthcoming from Magabala), is a stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique. Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge: an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.
Jennifer Compton performing ‘in the museum of the wars’, which received an Honourable Mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic.