PROLIFIC        LADY JO       KELLZ         BLAQUE BUTTERFLI

KING OF POETRY BLAQ ICE

MATT SPEZIA    HOOD RAISED       KAI LOVE

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.

NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD AWARDS 

THESE ARE THE 2017 NSWA

RESULTS AND WINNERS

NSWA NOMINEES FOR BEST UP AND COMING 

NATIONAL POETRY AWARD WEEKEND SUNDAY OPEN MIC EVENT

THE 2017 NATIONAL SPOKEN AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS

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

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 9.2.2016

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. THE CD MUST HAVE BEEN RELEASED AFTER 9.1.16

MIN RAHIM CHASED ATON  AKA SAX PREACHER

FROM CHICAGO ARMEN RAH

CHOICE THE POET FROM HOUSTON 

NSWA CATEGORIES AND DETAILS

NSWA NOMINEES FOR BEST ENTERTAINER

LIVING LEGEND

2018

NSWA WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

KING OF POETRY RECIPIENT  

HEAVEN OF CHICAGO WINS YOUTH POET