CALLING ALL STORYTELLERS; IT'S TIME TO GET READY
ABOUT STORY SLAMS
THE INS & OUTS OF SLAMMING A STORY
Story Slams have become popular with tellers all over the country whose ambition is to tell original, true-to-life tales and vie for a coveted Best Teller title.
The NJ Storytelling Festival slam welcomes outrageous, thought-provoking, and adventurous personal tales. We believe "to each his own;" story selection is a matter of personal preference. However, keep in mind that content and expression should be family-friendly, and the story must connect with the overall theme of the event.
This is how a slam works:
For the purpose of regulating the event, hopeful participants enter a drawing where names are randomly selected to tell a story. Tellers are limited to a rigid time-frame – here 5 minutes, and props and notes are strictly forbidden.
Judges evaluate tellers’ performances and stories – a process that can occur in several ways. For instance, three judges might be randomly chosen to score contestants, or the entire audience might score and select the winner or winners. Moreover, multiple categories might be created and filled when it comes to winner-selection.
For our slam, each storyteller is given a score on a scale of 1-10 for two different criteria: content and presentation. Needless to say, the participant with the highest score wins the title for a job well done, a tale well told.
Timing is monitored, and signal cards are presented at designated intervals during each telling. For a five-minute story limit, a green card will be displayed to begin, a yellow card will be displayed at the three minute thirty second mark and a red card will be displayed at the four minute thirty second mark. Beware anyone who dares to cross the five minute mark!
—based on an excerpt by Denise McCormack, editor of Story Art: A Magazine for Storytellers, Story Art: A Magazine for Storytellers. Issue: April, May, June 2014
Theme: The Last Straw Time: 12 Noon Place: In the Barn*
Rules & Scoring:
- Maximum 5 minute personal or traditional tale related to theme
- Content (10 points)
- Presentation (10 points)
- Bonus, TBD (1 point)
A Story Slam relies on the efforts of multiple players on the day of: contestants; name collectors--hat-keepers; timer-keepers; and people who keep tabs in case something extraordinary and/or unexpected should happen. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners love the applause, but it's wonderful to win prizes, too. Consider donating a storytelling CD or book. For more information, contact us at email@example.com
2017 NJ Storytelling Festival Howell Living History Farm* 70 Woodens Lane Lambertville, NJ
The Annual NJ Storytelling Festival is a hallmark of the NJ Storytelling Network.