Arizona Story Slamby Penelope Starr on Apr. 29, 2011, under Arts
Our storytelling friend in Phoenix, Mark Goldman, is launching a new event, The Great Arizona Story Slam, on Friday the 13th at the Doubletree Suites, Atrium Lounge at 44th and Van Buren.
For those of you who many not know, a story slam is a contest where people tell short personal stories on a theme in hopes of winning a prize. The fun takes place in a public venue with an audience and the tellers sign up at the door for a chance to compete. Story slams are all over the country, from coast to coast. Be on the lookout, Tucson will have a story slam soon!
The website describes a slam:
- A story slam is a contest where people tell real stories from their lives.
- No notes, no costumes, no props, no music…just the STORY.
- There is a “theme” for each show.
- Names are drawn from a hat at the begining of the show.
- There are a maximum of ten tellers.
- Each story is five minutes or less in length.
- A prize is awarded to the Judges’ Choice of Best Teller.
- A prize is awarded to the People’s Choice of the remaining tellers.
and tells the rules:
- Real Stories – All stories must be true, personal stories.
- Retelling any folktale, myth or fable is not permitted.
- Retelling of literary works or someone else’s tale is not permitted.
- Copyright laws apply.
- No Additional Aids – The storyteller may not use written notes, props, costumes, or musical instruments.
- No Poems - unless the poem is original and tells a story.
- Theme – Your story (not just the title or “punch line”) should connect in a meaningful way to the theme.
- Time – 5 minutes means…5 minutes. There is a 60 second grace period to wind up.Going over 6 minutes disqualifies the teller.
- Judging – Each story is judged on:
- How well it is crafted.
- How well it is told.
- How well the story explores, connects and/or reveals some truth about the theme.
- Disregard for any of the rules disqualifies the teller
For more information contact Info@AZStorySlam.com, 602-390-3858.