Attention all poets and spoken word artists! Get ready to grab the mic and make your mark at the CARICON Poetry Slam returning this June! We’re on the lookout for emerging talents to light up the stage.

Join us in celebrating the art of poetry as we welcome poets aged 16 and older to showcase their craft and compete for exciting prizes. The CARICON Poetry Slam offers a vibrant platform for poets of all levels to shine.

Whether you’re a seasoned poet or just beginning your journey, we invite you to be part of this electrifying event. Share your voice with a live audience, receive valuable feedback from our esteemed judges, and connect with fellow poets and poetry enthusiasts from across the Caribbean & Los Angeles.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable experience. Apply now and let your words ignite the stage!

Winners & Finalists


Lem Gonsalves


Beviny Ashley

Chris Siders

Curtis Mo

Gregory Walton II

Jennifer Edwards

Keanna jordan


Richard Williams

Tiffany Ike

Tyler Faye

Verniel Monk


Here’s what you need to know to apply:

Age Requirement

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the CARICON Poetry Slam.

Poem Requirements

Applicants must submit a performance of one original poem that that they have written. The poem should be no longer than three minutes in length. The poem can be on any topic or theme, but it must be appropriate for a general audience. (Link to performance is accepted)

Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 30th. All applications must be submitted by this date in order to be considered.

Biography & Headshot

Each applicant should provide a 100 word biography and a headshot along with their application. The bio should include information about the applicant’s background, writing experience, and any other relevant information that they would like to share with the judges and audience. The headshot should be a clear, high-quality photograph of the applicant that will be used for promotional purposes if they are selected to participate in the CARICON Poetry Slam.

Judging Criteria

Poems will be judged on the following criteria: originality, creativity, technical skill, and performance. Judges will be looking for poems that are engaging, impactful, and well-crafted.


All participants will receive the CARICON poetry slam medal. The Slam winner will receive a 3 Night All Inclusive Caribbean Vacation, the CARICON Poetry Slam Trophy and other prizes, as well as the opportunity to perform their winning poem at the next CARICON Poetry Slam event.

To apply for the CARICON Poetry Slam, please fill out the online application form and submit your recorded poem by the application deadline. We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating the power of poetry with you!