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The StorySLAM is a live storytelling competition in the vein of poetry slams[1] organized by The Moth, a non-profit literary society from New York City, since 2001. Storytellers (slammers) have 5 minutes each to tell a story, based on a theme chosen for the event.[2] No notes are allowed: stories must be told and not read.[3][4] The events, held in cities around the United States, now also include a competition;[5] participants are judged by teams of audience members.[6] The organization also holds a biannual Grand Slam competition.[7][8]

Notables performing at StorySLAMs include Moby, Lily Taylor, and Frank McCourt.[9]



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  7. ^ Kane, Michael (24 March 2007). "NYC Raconteurs Take Stage in Story Series The Moth". New York Post. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  8. ^ DeMeritt, Jennifer (17–23 November 2006). "Take my wife — just kidding". Downtown Express. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  9. ^ Faires, Robert (27 April 2007). "The Moth: Mmm-mmmh! Good story!". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 April 2010.