A story slam is a contest of stories by known and undiscovered talent. Story slammers sign up on the night to tell a true 5-minute story on the evening's theme (see full season listing below). Ten names are drawn at random from a box. A team of 5 volunteer judges evaluates how well each story is told, how well it is constructed, how well the story explores, connects and/or reveals some truth about the theme and, how well it honors the time limit. The two highest-scoring tellers and a third selected by the audience are awarded prizes and an opportunity to perform at the Big Mouth Off at the end of the slam season in May.