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We all stand on the shoulders of giants… they inspire us, guide us, and show us greatness in what we do. In 2023, it’s time to honor our Giants. This year we launch our skills development program that will pair 5 emerging poets (Young Gunns) with a Poetry Giant. They will be mentored and prepared - all roads leading to an epic final showcase.​ Poetry Giants 2023 is set to be one for the books - when the Young Gunns stand on the shoulders of their Giants.

Subscribe to get updates when the program officially launches.

Step 01

Follow @TheNotepadPoetry on Instagram. (Note: If you're feeling generous, you can like and share one of our posts.)

Step 02

Capture a short video of yourself reciting poetry on any topic or theme of your choosing. Post the video on your Instagram page. Tag Notepad Poetry and use the following hashtags #NotepadPoetry & #PoetryGiants23

Note: Posts without the appropriate hashtags will be automatically disqualified.

Step 03

Stay tuned on your Instagram DMs, our team of curators will be in touch regarding the success of your application and the next steps.

Step 04

Congratulations you’ve made it this far. Now, fill in the form sent to you to complete your application.



If you are here it means you are an emerging poet based in eMalahleni or surrounding areas. You are between 18-35 years old, and you can commit to a paid 6-week skills development and mentorship programme, where the training will be online and in person leading to the premiere and final showcase. If so, follow the steps below to apply.

People living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Poetry Giants is a collective effort brought to you by professionals, brands, and organizations that are ready to honor the role that poetry superstars play. If you or your company would like to sponsor the programme or get involved, please reach out to us by email:

  • Notepad Poetry - LinkedIn
  • @TheNotepadPoetry - Instagram
  • Notepad Poetry - Facebook
  • Notepad Poetry - YouTube


© 2023 - The biggest poetry event this year is brought to you by Notepad Poetry and partners

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