KY Youth Storytelling
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Kentucky Youth Storytelling Rules
- The Kentucky Youth Storytelling contest is only for
Kentucky residents age 7 – 17 as of June 1st.
- Stories may be told by solo storytellers or by
tandem teams (2 – 4 tellers). A contestant may compete both as a solo
teller and as part of a team.
- Stories should ideally be 5 – 8 minutes in length,
but absolutely not under 4 minutes or over 10 minutes.
- Stories must be told, not read.
- Each story must be submitted on a separate video
either by a link to YouTube or other electronic video source or by a
mailed DVD (compatible with typical home equipment) with only one story
per link or DVD. A separate Entry & Permission form
for each teller must be mailed to KYS. (One form for a solo teller. A form
for each team member for a tandem telling team.)
- When creating the video:
Only one story per video, so a teller entering both
as a solo teller and as part of a tandem team must submit a separate video
and a separate Entry & Permission form for each story.
- A full body shot is not necessary, but
judges need to see enough to judge the teller’s use of body language.
- Use a microphone so the teller can be
- Do NOT edit
– editing may result in disqualification. The judges would rather see how
a teller handles a small mistake than view perfection achieved through
- Do NOT
include a dramatic story introduction. The judges already want to hear
your story, so there is no need for an introduction designed to entice
them into listening. The judges will learn the source of your story from
the information you supply on the Entry & Permissions Form; however
if you wish to simply announce the title and source before you begin
telling the story, that’s okay. If you believe the judges must have other
additional information, that’s okay too; however, please state the
information simply and concisely, not dramatically.
- Clothing – We suggest your clothing be
appropriate for an audience and not distracting. (For
example, wearing a T-shirt with a slogan will cause listeners to attempt
to connect the slogan to the story, thus providing a distraction. But
what if you always wear T-shirts, and they all have slogans? Just wear
your T-shirt inside out, and record your story!)
We also do not want costuming.
- If you are recording with a device that
can record with both landscape and portrait orientations, please use
landscape orientation, not portrait orientation (so horizontally, not
- Be sure to view the video on equipment
different from what was used to record the video before you submit it. (In
the past some DVDs have been received with upside down storytellers, no
audio, so much shadow the teller’s face could not be seen, and other
problems that inhibited effective review of the storyteller’s work. If
you would like KYS to review your video for problems, we must receive
your DVD or electronic link by May 1st. You will hear back by
All Entry & Permission Forms must be mailed via postal mail or
scanned and emailed because they require a parent/guardian signature.
DVD entries, submitted with the signed Entry & Permission Form, must be
postmarked by June 1st. Mail to: KSA - KYS Entry, P O Box 4148, Frankfort, KY
40604-4148. (If you are able to also submit the Entry &
Permission Form electronically, we’d appreciate it.)
video submissions are entered by typing a link to the online video in the
space provided on the Entry & Permissions Form, and then electronically
submitting the form by midnight June 1st. In addition a signed
copy of the Entry & Permission Form must also be mailed postmarked by June
1st or scanned and emailed by June 1st. Send postal
mail to: KSA - KYS Entry, P O Box 4148, Frankfort, KY40604-4148. Send email
will be judged according to the KYS
Judging Rubric .