York Story Slam - Grand Slam
York Story Slam is a monthly gathering where anyone can take a turn at the microphone and tell a TRUE story based on that month's theme.
Our series is part of the growing regional offering of open mic story slam events that began with West Chester Story Slam in 2010 and has grown to include Lancaster Story Slam, Harrisburg Story Slam, and the most recent addition, Shippensburg Story Slam. If you're a fan of The Moth, NPR's This American Life, or Philadelphia's First Person Arts Story Slam, you're going to love having this monthly event on your calendar.
You can come and simply listen to other people tell stories, or you can sign up to tell your own story. Storytellers register upon arrival and we'll draw 10 names from a hat to tell their stories according to the following rules:
- Story should reflect the theme of that evening
- Story should be true to the best of your recollection
- Should be your story - you are the/a central character
- Story should be about five minutes long
- No notes, no props - just you and the microphone
Three judges are chosen from the audience and each storyteller is given scores based on content and presentation. We don’t take the competition part too seriously - it’s all about having a fun night together hearing each other's stories - but the storyteller with the top score at each event wins an exclusive York Story Slam journal set from our friends at Story Supply Co and earns a spot in our Grand Slam at the end of the season.
In addition to the live event, we'll post the stories to our YouTube channel and feature selected stories from each event in our monthly podcast (available for free wherever you get your podcasts). Storytellers must sign a release granting us permission to post their performance in order to participate; they retain all rights to their stories.
Buy your tickets here.