For our next endeavor for TELL: Pittsburgh Storytelling Series, we will be conducting our first ever
“Folktale Fight: Contest for Emergent Storytellers” on May 20, 2021!

Within the storytelling community, there are Liar’s Contests for tall tales and StorySlams for personal narratives. There are few contests or contest formats dedicated specifically to folk and fairy tales. Our hope is that this contest will serve as a prototype to fill that gap, and give the emergent tellers who specialize in these tales an opportunity to make a name for themselves telling what they tell best.

The contest is open to emergent tellers: storytellers who have extended experience performing but have not appeared at a festival of national renown such as the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough or the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah. Prospective contestants can not have performed for TELL before, must have a website, and will be asked to submit a video via YouTube link of a
5 minute folk or fairy tale.


From these submissions, a review board will select the six semi-finalists who will compete in front of a live audience on May 20, 2021 at 7pm EDT on Zoom.

At the live contest, Judges Sheila Arnold & Adam Booth along with
Audience Vote will determine our Grand Winner!
The Grand Winner will receive a spot in our Winter Olio, a contracted & paid position.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EDT on April 22, 2021.

The semi-finalists will be announced on May 6, 2021.


Selection Round: Five Minute Folktale

  • 5 minute video of a Folk or Fairy tale

  • Video must be shot for a "Zoom" audience format, not a recording from an in-person event

  • You can only submit for yourself, you cannot nominate another teller

  • Your story MUST be your own original tale or retelling and not contain any copyright infringement.

  • You must have a website (not only a Facebook page, for example)

  • You cannot have performed for TELL: Pittsburgh Storytelling Series before

  • You must include your resume and/or experiences in the application

  • You must be 18 years old or older

  • DEADLINE IS 11:59pm EDT ON APRIL 22, 2021.




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