Unislam 2021

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.

Coaching sessions

(free and open to any prospective team, student or faculty member) 

Monday 18th January – Toby Campion (intro to UniSlam, coaching a team, Q&A) 


Monday 25th January – Artist TBC

Team registration deadline – Tuesday 26th January, midnight 

To register, teams will need to complete the registration form (CLICK HERE) and pay the £50 registration fee. We encourage each team to have one member (coach, team member or sub) who is NOT a final year student. Registering will allow you to:


  • Enter UniSlam 2021 tournament by submitting prelim round videos - chance to participate in the live semi-finals and Grand Finals at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday March 20th judged by leading artists should your team be selected by panel 

  • Access a series of 3 online masterclasses from leading artists in the run up to the 2021 festival 

  • Receive a £75 travel bursary should your team make it to the semi-finals 

  • Access the UniSlam 2021 Festival Programme online or in person: workshops, coaches slam, Artists Panel, Semi-Finals, Grand Finals & National Youth Poetry Showcase 

  • Access prizes including Forward Prize anthologies and free places on courses with The Poetry School 

Video submission deadline – Tuesday 9th February, midnight 

Teams must have registered by Tuesday 26th January to enter UniSlam 2021. To enter, teams must submit 4 videos of 4 separate poems, each with a different team member as primary author. Poems may not be longer than 3 mins 10 secs. Props are not allowed (including backing music) – reading from a notebook or piece of paper is fine unless being used theatrical device or prop. Videos must be a single, unedited, one take shot. Please ensure sound and picture quality are high enough to hear the poem and watch the performance. There is a no-repeat policy at UniSlam 2021: poems submitted in prelims may not be repeated at any stage of the competition. Videos will be viewed by judging panel who will determine the 8 teams progressing to Semi-Finals. We aim to announce the decision within the week.  

UniSlam online workshops

(only open to registered teams) 

Monday 22nd February, 7pm-8pm – Artist TBC 

Monday 1st March, 7pm-8pm – Artist TBC 

Monday 8th March, 7pm-8pm – Artist TBC 

UniSlam 2021

(only open to registered teams) 

Friday 19th March – Official welcome, Online workshops, Coaches slam 

Saturday 20th March – Artists Panel, 2 Semi-Finals, Grand Finals 

Sunday 21st March – National Youth Poetry Showcase 




UniSlam has worked with some of the most celebrated and exciting voices in contemporary poetry to deliver the highest quality range of workshops, talks and masterclasses for our participants. These industry experts and professional artists also host and judge our slam rounds, giving quality feedback to our competing poets. Over the years, they have included the following:


Inua Ellams  –  Andrew McMillan  –  Jacob Sam-La Rose  –  Kayo Chingonyi  –  Hannah Silva  –  Joelle Taylor  –  Luke Kennard  –  Bridget Minamore  –  Aliyah Hasinah  –  Jenny Lindsay  –  Rachel McCrum  –  Vanessa Kisuule  –  Bohdan Piasecki  –  Yomi Sode  –  Maria Ferguson  –  Rob Auton  –  Roger Robinson  –  Jess Green  –  John Berkavitch  –  Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson  –  Aliyah Hasinah  –  Spoz  –  Liz Counsell  –  Amerah Saleh  –  Khadijah Ibrahiim  –  Laurie Bolger  –  Bridget Hart  –  Ben Norris  –  Erin Bolens  –  Sophia Walker  –  Gabriel Jones  –  Sophie-Louise Hyde  –  Akshay ‘Mr Shay’ Sharma

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