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Listen here to some sample entries for the first Folk And Fairy Tale slam

Slam GUIDELINES for Folk Tale Slam Debut

We reserve the right to adjust guidelines in future, as Folk Tale Slam Format evolves. Guidelines develop as program develops.

We will pick 5 tellers for each night and leave two slots for sign-up and random choice from “the hat”.  

Selected tellers get in free and must arrive by 6:30pm to claim slot

This program challenges tellers of traditional stories with the following guidelines:

- tell no longer than a 7 minute story

- the story must be fiction and

- from any folk or world tradition

- the story may NOT be a literary work,

- must be the teller’s own version, in their own words, of a folk tale [random examples: Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Foolish Hans, Anansi tales, Giufa, etc.] and

- all  story genres are permitted genres: parable, myth, legend, fable, tall tale etc.

- tellers may use poetry, props, costumes, music BUT no notes We have secured the prizes and the audience will choose winners.


A few ideas for twisting:
Change the gender of a key character
Tell the story in a new narrator's voice
Tell from different character's point of view- a fly on the wall, the wicked ogre's innermost thoughts, the axe of the woodsman...
Set in a different time and place.
Change sequence of events
Change the outcome
Change one key event in plot and use same characters, setting etc. see where it takes the story.

Want to make sure you have a spot at the slam?  Start by recording one here and if selected

you also will have

free admission


1st and 2nd place winners will advance to the finals date and venue TBA • Grand Prize TBA

Click on links in red below to listen at a new page.

Example one: The Taxi Driver and His Wife  Example two:   Kinda Like Rapunzel...

Or check out this embedded player as well with the same throw-away ideas to get you thinking...




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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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