The Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival is a 3 day poetry feast featuring 42 poets with the gumption to compete for the Title: Texas Grand Slam Poetry Champion and a $1200 Grand Prize. 

TGS is the answer to those who are hungry, clutching at a Sunday morning back row pew of worry with prayers for poetry. We hope that the drought for a state-wide poetry slam has come to an end. We invite everyone to return and are proud to present to you the 6th Annual TEXAS GRAND SLAM POETRY FESTIVAL!

Texas Grand Slam is back this year, starting with the Last Chance Slam on September 29th, Prelims and Semis on September 30th, and Final Stage on October 1st.

Tickets Currently on sale!





Last Chance Slam: Blackwater Draw Brewery

Prelims and Semis: The Palace, Revolution Cafe and Bar, The Village

Final Stage: Rudder Theatre


Last Chance Slam: September 29th, 7:00 PM

Prelims and Semis: September 30th, 7:00 PM

Finals: October 1st, 7:00 PM

TICKETS via eventbrite

Are you looking to buy tickets to this year's Texas Grand Slam? You're in luck! Look below for all of our ticket options (and donation, if you're feeling it.)

IMPORTANT: To have access to Final Stage, a Prelim or Semis ticket will not get you in. You must purchase a Final Stage Ticket and have proof of purchase to get into final stage.

Below you can check out the venues that each Slam will be at! We hope to see you there.

Last Chance Slam -

Blackwater Draw Brewery

7:00 PM

Preliminary and Semi-Final bouts -

The Palace 

Revolution Cafe and Bar

The Village

7:00 PM

Final Stage

Rudder Theatre

Doors: 7:00 PM

Start: 7:30 PM


Want to compete in the largest annual slam poetry competition in Texas? Looking to spill your guts on the Grand Slam stage? Registration for TGS 2016 opens on JULY 15th. We will be working through PayPal, so the first 41 poets to pay Mic Check their registration fees will be competing this year.

In previous years, we have done 42 poets. Why 41 now? Well, Mic Check will be holding a Last Chance Slam on Thursday, September 29th. Winning that slam will grant you a paid registration fee with hotel room accommodations. 

This past year, we received a lot of feedback that not being able to check-in to the hotel room until 3PM and then going to poet check-in at 4 wasn't the best, so we're giving poets the option to come in a night early. That would mean you check-in to your hotel room Thursday, September 29th (just in time for the Last Chance Slam) and have all day Friday to prepare / relax / explore College Station and Bryan before Prelims and Semis. Unfortunately, we can't offer this for free, so if you're planning on coming a day early, also plan to pay an extra $60 to cover the room.

Registration pricing:

     $135 - Registration + no room accommodations

     $135 - Registration + 2 nights (rooming with 3 other poets)

     $190 - Registration + 2 nights (rooming with 1 poet)

     $245 - Registration + 2 nights (individual room)

Remember - if you're planning on staying the Thursday (September 29th) before TGS, plan to add $60 to each registration fee.

Want to know more about TGS? Check out the official rule page! and the Honor Code!

Hotel Accommodations
Contact our host hotel, EZ Travel Inn, for special discounted rates if traveling from out of town.
About Bryan/College Station
Find out what B/CS has to offer.

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Special thanks to this year's TGS sponsors!

Congratulations to our past winners,

2015 - Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley

2014 - Jeremyah "The Fluent One" Payne

2013 - Kevin Burke

2012 - Twain

2011 - Kevin Burke

Check out some of their stuff below!