Wish our Australian Poetry Slam Regional Heat winners all the best when they take to the stage on Friday night for the State Final of the Australian Poetry Slam 08. Shannon Elliott, formerly of Canowindra, won the regional heat with his energetic rap “Self Acceptance” – about life, along with Josh Simpson, of Bathurst, who performed a moving poem about poetry. They each won Sydney flights and accommodation sponsored by The Orange Regional Arts Foundation and a spot in the final at the State Library of NSW on Friday 21 November at 6.30pm. There will be a total of 22 contestants from the regional heats held around the State. The NSW winner and runner-up take home $500 and $100 in prize money respectively and compete for a chance at the Australian Poetry Slam 08 title and $5,000 at the National Grand Slam in Sydney on 4 December. Good luck guys!