Call To Writers & Poets

Rap about the diversity around us, tell stories from around the world, or take the audience through a verbal labyrinth of international poetry traditions.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Poets of all ages, Writers, Storytellers and Spoken Word artists. There are five areas of spoken word performances at FusionFest.

HOW: Fill out the application with your information and the category you want to perform in. 

  • Poetry Slam: Pour your thoughts about inclusion and Central Florida into a 3 minute poem to compete for one of two $500 awards. Twelve poets each day. Content must be family friendly.

  • Storytelling: Mesmerize the audience with a narrative from one of the world’s folk. Content must be related to your heritage or culture.

  • Teen Poets: A showcase of teen expression in 3 minute performances.

  • Literature: Read a short poem from the great literature of your culture in its original language followed by English translation.

  • Haikus: Condense our hospitable community into short haikus to compete for two $50 prizes. Participants will need to be prepared with a minimum of six haikus related to our diversity in Central Florida.

PRIZE: Poetry Slam – two $500 prizes & Haikus – two $50 prizes.


  • November 19: Applications Deadline

  • November 21: Acceptance Notifications

  • November 30 & December 1: FusionFest

Shawn Welcome


Ray Jimenez