If you would like to perform at the awards text your name and a link of your performance to Blaq Ice at 312.719.7310


We will have features for the awards and there will also be an open mic portion before the awards on the red carpet.


RED CARPET 6:00PM

OPEN MIC 6:45PM

AWARDS 8:00PM

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 theNATIONAL 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 on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We look forward to seeing you at the next awards.

2018 NSWA RED CARPET INTERVIEWS

NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD AWARDS 

COMETRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

2018 NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD AWARDS RESULTS

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

1. BEST SPOKEN WORD MALE / FEMALE
2. BEST SPOKEN WORD ENTERTAINER
3.BEST SPOKEN WORD STAGE SHOW
4. BEST OPEN MIC SET
5. BEST HOST
6. BEST COMETRY OF THE YEAR
7. INTERNATIONAL SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
8. SPOKEN WORD PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
9. BEST SPOKEN WORD VENUE
10. SLAM SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
11. SLAM TEAM OF THE YEAR
12. BEST YOUTH SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
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 MULTICULTURAL SPOKEN WORD POET 
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

1. MUST BE A PERFORMING POET W/ VIDEO PROOF

2. VIDEO PROOF OF AUDIENCE PERFORMANCE

3. VIDEO PROOF OF STAGE SHOW

4. MUST BE A RUNNING OPEN MIC SINCE 9.1.2017

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 TEAM COMPETITION

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. PERFORMING LESS THAN 3 YEARS AND 1 DAY

17. MUST HAVE A CURRENT POETRY RADIO SHOW

18. STAGE PERFORMANCES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

19. PROOF OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

20. MUST HAVE PROOF OF HAVING SERVED IN THE MILITARY

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

22. SPOKEN WORD ARTIST WITH DISABILITIES

SPIRITUAL NOMINEE PERFORMANCES

RISING STAR AND SLAM ARTIST NOMINEES

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