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How does a StorySlam work?

  • Every month’s event has a theme and everyone in the audience is invited to share a personal story from their lives that relates to that theme.
  • If you have a story you want to share, leave us your name at the door. Every potential storyteller’s name goes into a bucket.
  • Ten names are drawn from the bucket.
  • Each contestant is given five minutes on the mic to tell a story and win over the crowd.
  • Props and notes are not allowed.
  • Three judges are selected from the audience. They score the storytellers on Content and Presentation using a ten-point scale. (See more on Content and Presentation scores below.)
  • The highest-scoring participant wins two free StorySlam tickets and an invitation to perform in the Grand Slam, where he or she will vie for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and free StorySlam admission for life.
  • Everyone in the audience also judges using an audience scorecard. An Audience Favorite is selected after the Slam. The highest-scoring Audience Favorite of the season gets a spot in the Grand Slam.


Content is a measure of the story itself:

  • The story has a plot with a strong beginning, absorbing middle, and it drives right through to the end, with a strong arc.
  • It relates to the theme of the Slam.

Presentation is a measure of how well the story is told:

  • The storyteller must bring the story to life and connect with the audience.
  • The story is 5 minutes or less.


Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107