Unislam 2020

The next UniSlam tournament and festival will be held in Birmingham Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March 2020. 

To register a team, download this form and send it to uni_slam@outlook.com. Registrations will open on Monday 25th November and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. To register, you do not need to have selected your team but you will need to provide contact details for your main contact and university contact. You will also need to pay the £50 registration fee within 7 working days of your place being confirmed. You will be asked for the details of your team at the end of January 2020, by which point you will need to have a team selected. Registrations will close on Friday 17th January 2020. We welcome you to bring along non-competing poets to the festival, in addition to team members, and they will have free access to all rounds, apart from Grand Finals where they can purchase tickets for a reduced rate of £5. More details on team requirements and rules can be found here

Festival check-in opens 9am on Friday 6th March and the events will begin at 11am at the UoB Campus (located in Edgbaston, a short train/taxi ride from Birmingham city centre) so please keep this in mind when booking travel/accommodation. The Grand Finals event will finish at 9pm at the Birmingham Hippodrome (close to Birmingham New Street station) on Sunday 8th March.

Youth Collectives

If you would like to take part in the National Youth Poetry Showcase (for 16-25 year olds who are affiliated with a youth poetry collective) please email us on uni_slam@outlook.com

Schools/youth groups

Subsidised tickets for the Grand Finals will be available for school groups and youth organisations. A reduced ticket cost of £5 per ticket (full price £12) is available, with a free ticket for group leaders with group of 8 young people or more. Tickets will be available on the Hippodrome website soon.


The UniSlam Festival holds many events that are open to the public. Below is a preliminary schedule of festival events which are open to the public.


Friday 6th March, 

Hit the Ode: 7pm - 10pm, Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome - tickets available here upon release


Saturday 7th March

Preliminary rounds: 11am - 9pm, Patrick Studio, the PwC Suite and Lloyds room at Birmingham Hippodrome - free and unticketed


Sunday 8th March
Semi-finals: 11am - 3pm, Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome - free and unticketed

National Youth Poetry Showcase: 3:15pm - 5:45pm, Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome - free and unticketed

Grand Finals: 6:30pm - 9pm, Main house at Birmingham Hippodrome - tickets available here upon release

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