Slot Machine provides a loosely regulated online payout for performative text and spoken word. We welcome previously UNPUBLISHED VIDEO RECORDINGS of original works by emerging and experienced artists/punters from anywhere in the world. (Please note: if your video has appeared on an online public platform such as YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook, it is considered previously published and is not eligible for submission to Slot Machine.)

Spoken Word is often ephemeral, live, hard to define (depending on the definition); written for the body as much as for the mind; often being of a nature that yearns to be seen or heard not read; caught in the act/acts dead or alive; experiments in repetition and rhythm and rhyme; words as much about sound meeting air as they are concrete prayer and the thrill of the fall. Not all coins fit into this slot but all coins are welcome.

For this project, we’re seeking submissions by anyone not willing to submit to the limits of the spoken word form: spoken word artists, performance and sound poets, hip hop emcees, two-line bandits and anyone who talks the walk across the wide narrow bridge that is poetry slam. Click.


Jackpot. What we’re looking for:                                   
  • Spoken Word
  • Performance Poetry
  • Sound Poetry
  • Slam Poetry
  • Signed Poetry
  • Hip Hop
  • Prose Monologues
  • Body Poetry
  • cherry orange lemon (blank)

Video can range from quality live performance clips shot on your phone in the second round of your local slam to professionally shot pre-recorded performative abstractions. Submissions can be in any language including Sign Language (with English subtitles or poetry transcript.)

Note: if applicable to the work, we encourage you to submit the accompanying poetic text for us to consider to be published alongside the video. Please send this as a Word Doc file.

Spoken Word pieces selected for Slot Machine will receive an RTP (return to player) of $100.

Submissions are accepted during the months of February and August.

For examples of work we’ve published on Slot Machine, visit our Vault

Editors/Curators: David Stavanger & Annie Te Whiu 

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott  Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize and forms the spine of his next collection. He was selected as a 2018 Melbourne Visiting Poets Program’s resident by RMIT/Australian Poetry/Rabbit Journal/Melbourne Spoken Word. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) during which he set-up the XYZ Prize for Spoken Word, He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy, featuring at festivals nationally and touring internationally in various iterations, as well being at the forefront of establishing poetry slam in Queensland. These days he lives between the stage and the page. Find more from David here.

Since 2005 when Annie Te Whiu moved from a career in education settings to the arts she has primarily worked as cultural producer, most recently having Co-Directed Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015-2017. Her work within the spoken word form also includes being Co-Producer of Woodford Folk Festival’s long-running spoken word showcase WordFood (2015-2017) and State Library of QLD’s Event Coordinator for the Australian Poetry Slam – QLD (2009-2013). Annie is also an experienced theatre practitioner having studied a Double Major in Drama & Literature and winning several short play awards as a Director. Born and raised in Brisbane she is a proud descendent of the Te Rarawa tribe in Northland, Aotearoa. She currently resides on Bundjalung country where she is focusing on her writing, weaving and centering marginalised voices in the Australian arts sector.