Open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme – come sign up to tell a story, or just enjoy the show!

How it works:

7:30pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen

8:00pm: The first name will be picked and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year’s other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

January: ADVENTURE
Prepare a five-minute story about an experience outside your usual sphere of comfort. Dangerous outings, dubious cohorts, uncharted territory. The joy of the unknowing…the terror of the finding out. Escapades, romps and walkabouts. May the force be with you

February: LOVE HURTS
Prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love! The misery of good love, gone bad! The anguish of one-way love! Bring stories of your heart, kicked to the curb by the people or places or things you love…or used to love. Love that “Hurts So Good” also welcome.

March: CHALLENGE
Prepare a five-minute story about a feat that tested your mettle, sanity or patience. Triumph or defeat. Inch-by-inch success or major overhaul. Defeating the cocky know-it-all or walking past the spider web without freaking out. Throwdowns, duels, unbearable ultimatums. Bring us your tales of defying the odds, confronting that fear, or with any luck, rising to the occasion.


Audience and Age
The Moth has no age minimum, though some of our venues do. That said, if you are thinking of bringing a young person to one of our events, we encourage you to first consider the following:
• StorySLAMs and GrandSLAMs are open mic; The Moth does not control the content or know what story is about to be told on stage.
• Some of the tellers share raw and explicit stories that are very much meant for an audience aged 16 years and older.
• Some of the tellers share raw and explicit stories that are meant for mature audiences and might include the use of profanity.


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