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Tell A Story

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The Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions, which are held weekly in New York City, three times a month in Los Angeles, twice a month in Chicago, Michigan, Boston, Portland, and San Francisco, and monthly in Louisville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Houston, and Philadelphia. They are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme.

When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth “hat”. A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships.

Come sign up to tell a story, or just enjoy the show!

How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:

  • Consult our calendar to find our published theme.
  • Conjure, channel, craft and compose your story.
  • Practice so you can remember it without the benefits of paper. Then practice it so you can keep it down to five minutes. Tell it to your plants but know that they are a tough audience. Revise. Rework. Curse your plants for not believing in you! Revamp. Finesse. Shave off another two minutes. Try again. Voila! Forgive your plants. Indeed, they helped you see the light.
  • Come to the Moth StorySLAM and put your name in the hat. If you are one of the lucky 10 picked, you’ll have five minutes to woo the audience with tales of your on-theme escapades. Unpicked? Fear not, some variation of your theme will surely rise again. All stories have multiple themes and stretching them to fit can be fun and even bring out elements you hadn’t recognized before.
  • Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that has a conflict and a resolution.

How to Be a StorySLAM Judge:

  • Let it be known! Seek out Moth Staff and ply with flattery and gifts, or just hang by the hat and ask!
  • Once picked, be wise and heed the rules. Judge on the simple criteria: on time, on topic, a story (not stand-up comedy, an essay, or a rant) and true.

How to Get a Copy of Your Story:

We’re making some changes that will allow us to fill your story requests quicker and to better serve more of The Moth storytelling community.

Every Moth show in every city is professionally recorded both in audio and video. For several years now we’ve made it possible for storytellers to order a video of their Moth stories. Since 2013, the amount of requests we’ve received has tripled, and we continue to see the number of requests grow.

The Moth storytelling community now includes storytellers in 24 cities on three different continents who tell stories at over 500 shows per year! This growth is exciting, but it does present challenges. As more and more video requests come into our New York City office from more and more cities, processing and delivery has not been able to keep pace with the number of requests we receive. In order to better fill those requests and serve as many in The Moth community as possible, today we are announcing changes to The Moth story request program.

Starting on August 6th an mp3 audio file of your story will be available through our story request form for $15 per story. A digital video copy of your story will now be offered as a premium service and will be available for $50 per story. DVDs will no longer be available.

You can request your Moth story here: https://themoth.wufoo.com/forms/the-moth-story-request-form/

If you have any questions, please contact us at storyrequests@themoth.org.

Thank you,
The Moth

And to answer all your burning questions:

* We can only send over a copy of YOUR story, not anyone else’s.
* No, ordering it does not disqualify it from The Moth Radio Hour or The Moth Podcast.
* Once you get your copy, feel free to share it with your friends and family. But if you’d like to do something further with it (podcast it, use it in a film, sell copies, etc.), please contact us beforehand.