2023TELL Folktale Fight!
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 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.
This contest is for 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, including the "New Voices" type stage and have not performed for TELL before.
From contest video submissions, a review board will select
six semi-finalists who will compete in front of
a live audience on
May 18, 2023 at 7pm EDT on Zoom.
The live contest will consist of three rounds.
The audience will have the chance to voted THREE times during the contest!
In Round 1, three semi-finalists will tell a folk or fairy tale. An audience favorite will be selected via audience vote, and the judges will mutually select the Round 1 winner, who will become a Finalist.
In Round 2, the three other remaining semi-finalists will TELL a folk or fairy tale. An audience favorite will be selected via audience vote, and the judges will select the Round 2 winner, who will become a Finalist.
In the Final Round, the two Finalists will each tell a second folk or fairy tale. The audience will get one vote via poll, the first judge will get one vote, the second judge will get one vote -- best two out of three wins and becomes the
2023 TELL Folktale Fight Champion!
In addition to the accolades of winning the contest the Champion will perform as part of TELL's Winter Olio in December 2023!