The Bunker: Storytelling Competition Heats

The Bunker: Storytelling Competition Heats

The Bunker Collective, a collaboration between Peripheral Arts and Writers Republic, presents a signature event series called ‘The Bunker’. The series will capture local stories and poetry through spoken word workshops, culminating in the main competition event held on the final weekend of Horizon.

There are two heats separated into poetry and storytelling, which will determine who will compete/perform at the main event at The Bunker, Imperial Hotel Eumundi.

The storytelling heat will feature guest storyteller Chris Allery accompanied by musician Sue Ray. Pre-registered participants will deliver their performance piece to three judges in the hope of securing a place in the Bunker competition final.

Note: Heats are open to the public for a $5 cover charge to be paid at the door.  

Winners from each heat are invited to take part in the main event competition in Eumundi which will feature live art installations, music, and international guests as well as the opportunity for competitors to take home major cash prizes.

Poetry Prizes 

Storytelling Prizes 

Judges Award First Place: $500 

Judges Award First Place: $500 

Judges Award Second Place: $250 

Judges Award Second Place: $250 

People’s Choice Award: $100 

People’s Choice Award: $100 

Judging Criteria 

Point Allocation 

1. Performance: freedom from script, dynamism 

10 points 

2. Originality and Quality of Written Piece: pieces must be participant’s original work 

10 points 

3. Time: sticking to the 3-minute time allocation i.e. the closer you are to the time the higher you score 

5 points 

4. Audience Reaction: clear audience engagement and connection with piece 

5 points 

Program details

The Bunker Program

Community Spoken Word Workshop

Sat 11 Aug 

2pm – 4pm

University of the Sunshine Coast  

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop 

Sun 26 Aug 

11am – 2pm


Poetry Competition Heats 

Mon 27 Aug

6pm – 8:30pm 


Storytelling Competition Heats

Wed 29 Aug

5:30pm – 8pm 

Homegrown Café 

Competition & Performance  

Sat 1 Sep 

2pm – 5pm

The Bunker, Imperial Hotel Eumundi    


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