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Rules and Submission guidelines

  • Contestant cannot have performed for a festival of national renown such as the National Storytelling Festival or the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, including "New Voices" type stages


  • Contestants cannot have performed for TELL: Pittsburgh Storytelling Series before or have been selected as one of the six semi-finalists for the 2022 Folktale Fight. Semi-finalists from the 2021 Folktale Fight may apply.

  • Contestants must be 18 years of age or older as of April 6, 2023

  • Videos submissions are to be 5-7 minutes in length. Video submissions must be given via a public or unlisted YouTube link.

  • By submitting a video, contestants acknowledge that they individually have the legal rights to the content within their submissions and acknowledge full and sole responsibility for any violation of national or international copyright laws.

  • Contestants MUST be able to perform live over Zoom on May 18, 2023 at the time the Folktale Fight contest is presented to a live audience.

  • The semi-finalist who wins the contest will be crowned the 2023 TELL Folktale Fight Champion and win a performance contract for TELL's Winter Olio in December 2023.

  • Contestants must have and provide a website that maintains its own web domain

  • Contestants must provide their resume or storytelling experience

  • Submissions must be submitted between 12:00am April 6th, 2023 through 11:59pm April 23rd, 2023.

Submissions begin on April 6, 2023

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