SpeedPoets keeps the poetry flame lit post-QLD Poetry Festival, with their annual Open Mic Championships and feature sets from Melbourne spiritualist, Matt Hetherington and our very own guitar-slinging-poet, Sheish Money.
This is the 7th year of the SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships. Previous winners include Suzanne Jones, Nerissa Rowan & Benna Zennabomb.
The rules of the Open Mic Championships are simple:
1. Sign on will commence at 2:15pm sharp.
2. There will be a maximum of 25 performance slots available on the day
3. Once these slots are filled sign on will close
4. If there are more than 25 people at the venue ready to sign on at 2:15pm, all names will be placed in a fish bowl draw.
5. In the first round, each poet will read one original poem
6. Poems should be no longer than 3min in duration
7. The judges will then select 6 poets to read a second original poem in a final round
8. From the final round, three place winners will be selected
9. First Prize is $100, Second Prize is $50 and Third Prize is $25
10. The three runners-up from the final round will be awarded a book prize
* Judges’ decisions on the day will be final and no correspondence / discussion will be entered into.
This is always one of the gigs of the year, so make sure you are there to mix it up behind the mic or just watch the poetic sparks fly.
Date: Sunday September 4
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Place: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City (
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
The venue has a strict capacity of 60 people, so make sure you are there early to get your seat in the room!