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Want a guaranteed spot in a slam? Pitch your story for "massmouth choice"

What is "massmouth choice"?

We are always looking for awesome stories and really committed tellers -- regardless of experience.  To that end, massmouth organizers reserve the right to guarantee a maximum of two storytellers a spot on the list at each slam.

Maybe you're traveling a long way to get to a particular slam, maybe you feel really strongly about a certain theme, maybe you've been preparing forever and just wanna get your story out there... Whatever the reason, we want to support you.

A teller CANNOT be 'massmouth choice' if:

1) The teller has won already.

2) The teller has told in more than 3 consecutive slams.

3) The teller has already been selected as 'massmouth choice' that month.

How do you get to be "massmouth choice"?

We have set up a 24/7 voicemail box.  Instructions below.


You MUST send an email first to with:

1) Your name and "massmouth choice" in the subject line.

2) In the body of the e-mail, put your name, the best phone # at which to reach you and the title or subject of your story.

3) The theme and slam date/location.



You may only record one story per theme. When you  are ready to tell up to 3 or so minutes of your 5 minute story...

1) Dial 617-942-2553
2) When prompted, say your name and the slam you are pitching for...
3) Tell your story*


Record online ( we prefer this - it saves us a step)  using the instructions here:

*You can re-record as often as you need but please, only LEAVE ONE recording at the voice mail


Please wait to hear back from us. We will call if interested or e-mail you regrets as soon as humanly possible.

IMPORTANT: We close entries 24 hours before each slam and notify those chosen by e-mail and phone.  All decisions are final. We do not reveal who was "chosen" at the show so as not to sway judges or audiences in either direction.
Please re-read these guidelines, and then call 617-942-2553 if you have any other questions, OR send an e-mail with a clear subject in header to: We'll get back to you as soon as we can!

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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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