Hunter J. François Library

WORRRD Up Poetry Slam & Literary Competition


WORRRD Up is a library activity created to promote literacy and provide an opportunity for students to test and display their literary skills.

Additionally, poetry, stories, essays and other literary forms are brought to life as students explore and utilize the various literary tools taught in the classroom. Literary contests are open to all students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

  • WORRRD Up 2021

    WORRRD Up Poetry Slam

    The Hunter J. François Library debuted The WORRRD Up Poetry Slam in 2011 as an item on its National Library and Information Week Calendar.

    The event serves as a vehicle for self-expression through literary prowess.

  • To date, The Poetry Slam has featured more than 60 students. In 2022, 8 SALCC students hit a national platform performing at the National Nobel Laureate Festival, for the first time. Another 8 students participated in the 2023 WORRRD Up Poetry Slam Competition.

  • John Tench

    Top past performers include media personality, Flora Jessy Leonce (2012 winner), as well as Adrian Klien (2013 winner).

    CAPE student Callum James (pictured) emerged as the Winner of the 2021 Poetry Slam, with his piece entitled, "Master Class."

    John Tench (pictured) became the winner of the 2023 WORRRD Up Poetry Slam, with his piece, "The Crucible."

    WORRRD Up's 2023 Poetry Slam featured 8 poets, some of whom participated back in 2022. The finals can be watched on SALCC's YouTube page.


    Short Story Competition

    The inaugural Writing Contest attracted students from all programmes at SALCC. The contest presented an opportunity for students to take their writing to the next level, and provided an extra impetus to refine their skills.

  • Miriam Montoute

    14 students submitted original pieces of writing based on a short story entitled, Myths or Reality • A Library Story. The literary competition formed part of a series of activities organized by the library to commemorate National Library Week.

    Digital Humanities student Miriam Montoute (pictured) emerged as the Winner of the 2022 Short Story Competition.

Our Writers

Contestants for the WORRRD Up Short Story Competition (2022).

Our Poets

Below is our 2023 line-up of poets.
Our 2022 contestants can be seen here.


Hear what our past contestants have to say!

Callum James

1st Place — Poetry Slam 2022

Passionate about sports, the outdoors, and of course Poetry, Callum joined the Slam to pursue his dream of being a performance poet. His aspirations don't just end there however, with equally keen interest in business, sociology, and literature.

Callum's Poem

Emme Dilsuk

Participant — Slam 2022 Head — Drama Sector, CAPA

One could say that Emme is an arts person - she enjoys reading, writing and painting, and aspires to one day become a director. Her decision to take part in the Poetry Slam was purely to test her skills and engage with an opportunity to learn and further develop her craft.

Emme's Poem

Jayde Thomas

Participant — Slam 2022 3rd Place — ECCB Poetry Contest

With a penchant for lyricism, it's no surprise that Jayde sought a chance in the Slam to share this affinity with other like-minded contestants. Jayde aspires to be an architect and manage his own construction firm. Beyond that he also enjoys sports, public speaking, gaming and volunteering.

Jayde's Poem

Our Judges

Coaching Schedule

Registration for WORRRD Up is currently closed.
We have selected this year's 14 participants and workshopping will commence soon!


WORRRD Up: Poetry Slam 2023

Submission Rules

Poets are required to;

  1. Submit one piece of work in hard copy, as well as electronically;
    1. Hard copies should be submitted to Ms. Avril Gabriel of The Hunter J. François Library.
    2. Electronic copies should be emailed to
    3. The deadline for registration is December 15, 2022.
  2. Perform only original material.
  3. Perform each piece in 3 to 5 minutes — any piece exceeding 5 minutes will be penalized.
  4. Attend workshopping sessions, which start from ___ to ___.
  5. Submit the final draft of their poem by ____.
  6. Refrain from the use of offensive or objectionable material, such as;
    1. The promotion of prejudice, hatred or harm against any group or individual;
    2. The promotion of discrimination based on race, sex, religion or disability;
    3. Profanity.

Thank You For Your Support

We recognize and appreciate
our various donors and sponsors (2023).