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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. The exception is that prior TELL Folktale Fight Semi-finalists may apply.

  • Contestants must be 18 years of age or older as of April 4, 2024

  • 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 16, 2024 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 w4n a performance contract for TELL's Winter Olio in December 2024.

  • 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 4th, 2024 through 11:59pm April 28rd, 2024.

Submissions begin April 2024

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