Calling all Poets, Emcees, and Writers!

The NYC TEEN POETRY SLAM is a city-wide poetry slam festival that is among the most rigorous and competitive in the country. Each year, hundreds of teen poets submit to compete in Preliminary competitions to win a chance to perform at the Grand Slam Final for a spot on the Urban Word NYC Slam Team. 

The top 5 finalists earn a spot on the Urban Word NYC Slam Team and an all-expenses paid trip to represent New York City at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival in July. They also win opportunities to perform in high profile events, including New York Liberty WNBA games, regional slam competitions and more. Fun Fact: Our slam teams were featured on the HBO docu-series Brave New Voices.


Interested in competing? Registration opens in February 2024

The 2023 Urban Word NYC Slam Team

Ari, The Bee, Zariah, Miles, Amanda