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Massmouth Story Slam

Event Date: 
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

What is a story slam? Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of words by known and undiscovered talent. massmouth posts a theme on it's website ( and story slammers will sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evening's theme and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random from a box. Other audience members may feel moved to join in on a judging team. There will be a team of 5 judges - interested amateurs, storytellers, theater people and anyone who loves stories. Each set of 5 stories will begin with a story by a sacrificial tellers, usually one of the past winners. Listeners will be engaged in story improv games and other interactive entertainments between each 5 minute feature.

Each of the featured 5 minute stories is judged on how well it is told, how well it is constructed and how well the story explores,connects and/or reveals some truth about the theme and, how well it honors the time limit.

The 2 highest-scoring tellers and 1 Audience Choice are awarded prizes and an opportunity to perform in semifinals and if they progress, into the "The Big Mouthoff" at the Coolidge Corner Theater April 17th, 2013 at 7PM. Prizes will be awarded at each slam. Any slam winner may put aside their title and enter again but they lose their place in the semifinals if they do not win another slam.

Tickets: $10, members $5

Tickets: $15, members $13