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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 for 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 and can not have performed for TELL before.


From contest submissions, a review board selected 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 has Ended.

The semi-finalists will be announced at 2:00pm May 6, 2021
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