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Wilson StorySlam Information
What Is a Story Slam?
A Story Slam is a live event in which teller share stories. Based on a poetry slam format and similar to The Moth, a Story Slam is a contest of words and performance. Appropriate language should be used in the stories please.
What is a Story Slam Competition?
It is a competition based on who tells the best story. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit. It is great entertainment. Tellers perform their work and are judged by panels chosen by the the organizer of the event. Judges are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the storyteller's' content and performance.
What are the rules?
The basic rules are: Each story must be of the storyteller’s own construction – Copyright laws apply to literary works, so do not tell them. Poetry is NOT encouraged - unless the poem is original, 5 minutes long and tells a story.
Each storyteller gets 5 minutes (plus a 1 minute grace period) to tell a story. If the storyteller goes over the 6 minute time, 1 full point will be deducted from the total score. A warning timer can be rung at 4 minutes. The storyteller may not use props, costumes or musical instruments.
How does a Slam differ from an open mic?
A Story Slam is a challenge to the teller and a gift to the audience, open mic settings are meant as a support network for storytellers. Slam performances are crafted for the audience enjoyment. These are competitions and winners will be selected based on scoring.
What can the audience do?
Listen, laugh, applaud and weep. No interrupting. No heckling.
What kind of stories are told at Slams?
Narrative, tales from real life, original incarnations of classic tales and YOUR personal experience is the intent of these events.