Some story telling nights require that the stories be your story, and that it be true. We don't abide by these restrictions. Here's OUR guidelines, and our reasoning for them.

1. For those who cannot be with us. The story does not need to be your own, but you should know it intimately enough to tell it authentically. Share a story from history. A legendary tale of some rad thing that you've heard about. Got a friend in prison? Tell their story. Tell us one of those winking "it wasn't me" kind of stories.

2. Truth is a lie. Embellishment, exaggeration, comedic additions are not only unavoidable, they are also welcome. Harmful lies / slander are obviously not cool, and people are more likely to enjoy your story if it has some truthiness to it, but don't sweat the non-fiction line.

3. The personal is political. We welcome stories of overcoming internalized oppressions, of battling fucked up power dynamics in intimate or familial relationships as well as stories of smashing the state.

4. Security Culture, yo. Don't talk about illegal / high risk actions (true or fictional) in a way that could incriminate or endanger you or others. Remove details, fictionalize, anonymize, get creative, but be careful.

5. Anti-Oppression. Once we have a story selection board, we will be transparent about who those people are and what metrics they use. We intend to not have any straight white cisdudes on said board. If that doesn't materialize immediately, you can trust us to checking people on their shit. Promise.

6. No tokenizing, no oppression olympics Everyone's story is welcome and valid. When selecting pitches we're looking for engaging storytelling and a good mix of topics / tones, not just the most intense stories. If someone is on stage before you and talks about something that seems like small potatoes, hold your tongue. Respect where people are at.