SlamJam is a spoken word programme that encourages young people to write – and then perform – their own performance poetry.

The SlamJam final originally programmed   to be at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, (LPAC)  Lincoln University LN6 7TS   was instead held digitally via Zoom and Face book.

Slamjam in 2021 will be held virtually on the internet


Available to all secondary schools and Youth Groups, SlamJam is an engaging and challenging opportunity for young people to develop their writing and performance skills, build their self-confidence, and – ultimately – have a real impact on an audience.

See how Slamjam  could work and benefit students in your school or youth organisation  by viewing this Slamjam  showreel,

WANTED Entries for the 2021 Virtual SlamJam21  Competition

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SlamJam rules :

  • All pieces must be original and performed by the writer(s)
  • The subject matter is the choice of the writer(s)
  • Each performance should be 3 minutes in duration
  • There can be no use of scripts, props or costumes in the performance
  • Performances can be by individuals, pairs or trios


The 2021 competition will be an open event for all young people aged 12 -18 and there will be no key stage winners.

To read the latest Slamjam Newsletter click here


How to enter:

  • Complete the 2021 competition entry form (available here) and return it by email to to the SlamJam organiser Chris Milnes  by 21st May 2021
  • For schools, schedule the programme to begin between January and April. It is recommended that you include this in your English or Drama curriculum, allowing up to 4-6 weeks for this, including competitions
  • Organise your own competition to take place in school  by the end of April

Participating schools will receive a Teacher’s Handbook with lesson ideas and suggestions for getting started.

Organisations will also receive a handbook with ideas for activities to engage participants.

Competition Stages

The dates and venues for the Slamjam heats are being finalised but will be in  May  2021 - June :

Heats will begin at 4.00pm and should end by 6.00pm at the latest.

Each school with entrants should provide an English teacher to be one of the judges at the heats.

Youth organisations will have separate heats in  May with agreed times and format.

The Lindum Rotary Club will, be supporting the heats and will provide a timekeeper and scorer.

Contact Chris Milnes about this page:

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(If you are a Rotarian, please name your club.)

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