THE 2019 NSWA RED CARPET INTERVIEWS

COMETRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

VOTING ENDED ON JULY 31ST

NOMINATIONS CAN BE DONE THROUGH ANY PHONE OR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

WINNERS THE PREVIOUS YEAR WILL AUTOMATICALLY EARN A NOMINATION

WINNERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHIPPING OF THEIR AWARDS

01. BEST SPOKEN WORD MALE / FEMALE
02. BLAQ ICE AWARD/BEST SPOKEN WORD ENTERTAINER
03. BEST SPOKEN WORD STAGE SHOW
04. BEST OPEN MIC SET
05. BEST HOST
06. BEST COMETRY OF THE YEAR
07. INTERNATIONAL SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
08. NICO WASHINGTON/NSWA PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
09. BEST SPOKEN WORD VENUE
10. SLAM SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
11. BEST SPOKEN WORD YOUTH (UNDER 13)
12. BEST YOUTH SPOKEN WORD ARTIST (13-19)
13. BEST SPOKEN WORD DUO OR GROUP
14. STRAWBERRI TAYLOR AWARD/ BEST EROTIC 
15. BEST SPIRITUAL SPOKEN WORD ARTIST 
16. RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
17. RADIO SHOW OR STATION OF THE YEAR
18. BEST SPOKEN WORD STORYTELLER  
19. P.O.E.T COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
​20. SPOKEN WORD SOLDIER OF THE YEAR
21. BEST SPOKEN WORD CD

22. NSWA OVERCOMER OF THE YEAR

2017 NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS

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2018 NSWA HIGHLIGHTS

The National Spoken Word Awards was founded in 2017 by De'Andre Hawthorne aka Blaq Ice, an international award winning Spoken Word Poet from Chicago. He was instrumental in bringing the National Poetry Awards to Chicago in 2016, the 7th and final year of the National Poetry Awards. The end of the National Poetry Awards inspired the beginning of the NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD AWARDS.


The awards were created to honor American Spoken Word Artists and those international Spoken Word artist who have made in impact in the United States. The 1st annual Spoken Word Awards was held on Saturday September 2, 2017 in Chicago IL. The NSWAs will be held every year, the weekend of Labor Day, kicking off International Spoken Word Month. The nomination period takes place every year, starting April 1st (National Poetry Month), and ending the third Sunday in May.


The nomination period starts April 1st, the first day of National Poetry Month and goes until May 15th. The voting period starts June 1st until July 31st. Voting is done electronically, fairly and every Spoken Word artist has the same opportunity to get their fans and supporters to vote for them. For the past 3 years The National Spoken Word Awards has done what no other awards show does, post the voting results, so that all could see the transparency and the integrity of the National Spoken Word Awards. Please visit our website at nationalspokenwordawards.com 

2018 NSWA RED CARPET INTERVIEWS

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1. MUST BE A PERFORMING POET W/ VIDEO PROOF

2. VIDEO PROOF OF AUDIENCE PERFORMANCE

3. VIDEO PROOF OF STAGE SHOW

4. AN OPEN MIC THAT RAN AFTER APRIL THE PREVIOUS YEAR

5. MUST HAVE VIDEO PROOF

6. ARTIST WHO DO COMEDY POETRY  / MUST SUBMIT VIDEO

7. MUST BE AN ACTIVE PERFORMER OUTSIDE THE U.S.

8. MUST PUT ON SPOKEN WORD EVENTS

9. MUST HOST SPOKEN WORD EVENTS

10. MUST HAVE PROOF YOU HAVE ENTERED SLAMS

11. MUST HAVE PROOF OF STAGE PERFORMANCE

12. MUST HAVE PROOF OF STAGE PERFORMANCES

13. MUST HAVE PROOF OF GROUP PERFORMANCE

14. LOVE, SEX, ROMANTIC OR EROTIC PERFORMANCE

15. MUST PERFORM SPIRITUAL OR RELIGIOUS MATERIAL

16. POETS WHO ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING THEMSELVES

17. MUST HAVE A CURRENT POETRY RADIO SHOW

18. STAGE PERFORMANCES BEST TELLING A STORY

19. PROOF OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

20. MUST HAVE PROOF OF HAVING SERVED IN THE MILITARY

​21. CD RELEASE DATE MUST BE AFTER APRIL THE PREVIOUS YEAR

22. SPOKEN WORD ARTIST WITH DISABILITIES / HEALTH CHALLENGES

SPIRITUAL NOMINEE PERFORMANCES

RISING STAR AND SLAM ARTIST NOMINEES

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SOLD OUT 2020 NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD AWARDS

We will have performers at the awards and there will also be an open mic portion before the awards on the red carpet.  For tickets and info call 312.719.7310


RED CARPET 5:00PM

OPEN MIC 5:30PM

AWARDS 6:00PM