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Title: SLAMbassadors Competition

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BBC Blast and The Poetry Society partnered up to bring you this year's SLAMbassadors competition. Six winners were invited to a two day masterclass event held in London with leading UK poets. The winners also get the chance to show their skills at a live slam poetry event and perform alongside professional poets including Scroobius Pip and Benjamin Zephaniah!

The Brief:

Write an original piece (poem or rap) on the theme of identity. Record your original track in less than 60 seconds and upload to our showcase now!

What is slam poetry?

Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry, spoken word and rap.

Rules of Slam:


  • Do write an original piece of writing
  • Do write about identity - who you are, where you have come from, what you see around you and how it affects you and others, cultural identity, national identity, human identity
  • Do enter as a group, as well as on your own (up to five people allowed in a group)
  • Do use beatbox, rap, mc-ing, polyvocal, acapella


  • Do not exceed 60 seconds
  • Do not use music or backing tracks

We're looking for:

  • An engaging performance
  • Originality and artistic flair
  • A piece that lyrically reflects the theme of identity

We partnered with The Poetry Society to bring you this competition.

A sample of the content created for this competition:

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