Spoken Word Competition 2023


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THE ARTISTS FORUM SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts Festival programming, is open to poets seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international arts and media market.

Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for creative writer/performers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly award the work and talents of creative artists.

Our 2023 Competition Theme: THE BODY POLITICAL.
See our submission site for competition theme details, submission categories, and our Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Our 2023 Film & Juried Arts Festival will be held on OCTOBER 12 – 15, 2023 in New York City at the Dolby Screening Room.


Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, will be rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Please see Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Award recognition will be given at a ceremony in New York City, alongside screenings of selected films. In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, our award ceremony will be conducted online and then televised on Manhattan cable stations shortly thereafter.

All finalists will be considered for a MEET THE ARTISTS video profile and promoted on our online platforms.

Winners will be considered for a formal studio or Zoom interview with host to be promoted via THE ARTISTS FORUM TELEVISION – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Our Grand Prize winner will be presented with an opportunity for mentorship sessions with a prominent industry professional.

Opening Date: MARCH 1, 2023
Earlybird Deadline: MARCH 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: APRIL 28, 2023
Late Deadline: MAY 31, 2023
Extended Late Deadline: JUNE 21, 2022

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 24th year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists. The organization provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career artists to share their stories with the world’s creative communities.

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