Mother Lode Storytelling Guild announces its 5th Story Slam Contest: “Out On A Limb.” You’re invited to create an original story, and then tell it in the contest before a live audience on Friday evening, October 19th, at the Old Schoolhouse, 65 Jones St, in Murphys, CA.
We’ll have enough time for 10 storytellers. Cash prizes are given to the top three winners and to The People's Choice winner. We have an experienced panel of 3 judges, and then the audience votes on The People’s Choice Award. The contest is wide open and a whole lot of fun!
“This is a lively way to jump into storytelling,” says Colleen Dolan Nunn, who will emcee the contest night. “Last year our winner was singer-songwriter Tim McCaffrey, and this year Tim launched his first storytelling performance on the Fall Strawberry Music Festival PlayStage at Westside. We're excited to hear more from him as a storyteller!” McCaffrey will be at the 2018 Competition Concert to tell a new tale. “As our most recent past winner, we're jazzed that we will get to hear a story from him again,” Nunn states.
Interested people should visit our Story Slam webpage (www.sierranevadastorytelling.org/story-slam-contest.html) to learn how to prepare. “It's a convergence of a poetry slam, a comedy show, and a storytelling show,” says Guild member Liz Gilbert. “There is a lot of energy in the room, all offering a whole lot of support. Knowing the rules will help you 'wow' the judges and win over the audience!”
There are five basic rules for the Story Slam Contest. First, stories should be mostly true and original, written and created by the performing storyteller. Second, stories should stick to the theme “Out On A Limb,” but broad interpretations are allowed. Third, stories must be told, not read. Fourth, tellings need to stay at 7 minutes or under. Fifth, stories ought to have a clear beginning, middle and ending. In addition, there is no age-restriction for contestants. We don't restrict content, but the story needs to align with the theme of "Out On A Limb.” You might keep in mind that there may be a few kids in the audience. However, this event is mostly a night for adults to have fun and cut loose with words!”
At our next two Open Tellings (www.sierranevadastorytelling.org/mother-lode-storytelling-guild.html), I will give a brief overview on how to prepare. Make a date for some coaching sessions before the competition, too. It helps to work with an experienced teller ahead of time to get tips on strengthening your story and your performance. Our next Open Tellings are (in Tuolumne County) on Saturday, September 15th, from 4-6pm, at Sonora Joe's in downtown Sonora. Then (in Calaveras County) On Sunday, September 30th, from 4-6pm, at Manzanita Arts Emporium in downtown Angels Camp.
On the evening of the Story Slam, doors open by 6pm. Aspiring contestants must arrive by 6:30pm to sign up for one of the ten storyteller spots. This is done on a first come-first serve basis. “We have a great contest night planned,” says the event's emcee Colleen Dolan Nunn. “Now in our 5th year we have a lot of folks who come each year, and the stories just get better and better.” During the event, the Guild also hosts a gift basket raffle and collects donations to raise funds for their various outreach programs.
See you soon!
BZ Smith, Guild President
BZ Smith and friends, we tell stories in and around Sonora, CA