What’s a StorySlam?

A StorySlam is more than a storytelling competition. It’s an invitation to share five minutes of your life in a room full of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Audience storytellers take to the stage with real life stories on the theme of the night. Winners get a $100 prize and the chance to compete in the season finale GrandSlam. Got five minutes? Come and lend an ear, or share an experience.


Virtual StorySlam
First Person Arts is taking our widely popular StorySlam competition and putting it online.  Stay tuned for how you can put your name in our virtual bucket and/or enjoy our virtual programming.

Share Over the next few weeks, we will roll out the process for sharing your true, personal story during our virtual StorySlam.

Watch Enjoying a First Person Arts StorySlam will be easier than ever.   Keep an eye out for how you can enjoy & support First Person Arts.


Future StorySlam Dates!


June 23, 2020   |   July 21, 2020   |   August 25, 2020   |   September 22, 2020   |   October 20, 2020


Upcoming StorySlams

Stories from Past Slams

How does a StorySlam work?

Each month, we set a theme and invite up to 10 people from the audience to share a personal story from their lives that relates to that theme. And, if you're in the audience, you get to participate, too.

Step 1 — At the Door

Throw your name into a bucket at the door if you'd like to share a story, or if you'd like to judge the stories told. We draw 10 storyteller names and 3 official judges.

Step 2 — On Stage

Each storyteller is given 5 minutes on the mic to tell a story and win over the crowd. Sorry folks, but no props or notes allowed.

Step 3 — Voting

The judges score each storyteller on Content and Presentation using a ten-point scale.

Read more about scoring.

And the Winner is...

Scoring a StorySlam

A measure of the story itself.

Plot The story has a plot with a strong beginning, absorbing middle, and it drives right through to the end, with a strong arc.

Theme It relates to the theme of the Slam.

A measure of how well the story is told.

Connection The storyteller must bring the story to life and connect with the audience.

Length The story is 5 minutes or less.

Tips for Storytellers

  1. All stories must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Know your plot points.
  2. Tell your story from your point of view.
  3. Know your first line and last line when you step on stage. Knowing what point A and point Z are will help you get through the rest if you get nervous.

Straight from the Storytellers