Every year, Australia has a unique poetry and performance contest, called the Australian Poetry Slam. This modern trend is taking the world by storm, with performances held regularly all over the globe and a growing number of competitions.
The gist of it is that individuals get the chance to stand up and perform their piece of poetry live – whether it is through singing, speaking, whispering, or even screaming!
All contestants get a microphone, a live audience and two minutes to show off what they've got to the judges with their original works.
Heats are now being held all across Australia, including Tasmania. The Southern Heat will be held in Hobart on July 19, then Devonport on July 26, and Launceston on August 3. The state final will be held on September 14 in Launceston.
The date for the final is yet to be announced, but it will involve all the state and territory winners coming together in a high energy, high intensity grand final Slam.
Winners in the past have been awarded an ultimate writer's tour of Asia, heading to Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou, as well as Bali to participate in panels, workshops and performances.
The competition is heating up, so get prepared and even if you don't want to perform yourself, head along as an audience member to the heats for an unforgettable night.