The Moth StorySLAM

UN-SILENCED: Prepare a five-minute story about speaking up for yourself, your friends, family or community. Marginalized based on  race, gender, sexuality, class or ideals, recall a time when you protested!  Testified! Spoke your mind. Bucked the system. Told the emperor he is stark naked!  Honoring your principals. Finding your voice and using it… a shout or a whisper, tell us of giant steps or tiny insurrections!  Each bit helps.  Loud or in stealth, calling it as you see it.  Not on my watch.


How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:

  • 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.


In partnership with Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Media Sponsor: WNYC