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Kentucky Youth Storytelling

The Kentucky Youth Storytelling competition is a statewide effort to develop, encourage, and highlight the talent of our young storytellers.


Who Can Enter

          Any Kentuckian age 7 – 17 as of the June 1st entry deadline.

How to Compete

·         Entries are accepted April 1st through June 1st. (Note: the deadline does not change from year to year.)

·         Video entries of a solo storyteller or a tandem team telling a single story are submitted via mailed DVD postmarked on or before June 1st or via electronic link submitted on or before June 1st.

·         A complete signed and dated Entry & Permission form must be submitted by email to kys@kystory.org or mailed to KSA - KYSS Entry, P O Box 4148, Frankfort, KY 40604-4148, postmarked on or before June 1st.

·         For details on story length, video creation, and entry submission, see Rules.

·         To learn how entries are judged, see KYS Judging Rubric.

·         Find tips for telling and teaching storytelling here.

·         Winners will be notified by July 15th.



Winners Receive

·         A Kentucky made plaque.


·         Invitations to represent the Kentucky Storytelling Association as a Youth Torchbearer at many storytelling events and festivals.


·         Up to $100 in reimbursements for travel expenses to the events where you act as a Torchbearer; (that amount is prorated where Tandem team members share the prize)


·         A year’s free membership in the Kentucky Storytelling Association with all access to member benefits.


·         Free admission to the annual KSA Conference in the year you are selected a Torchbearer. At the Conference you can learn from other storytellers and practice your skills.


·         In addition, press releases are sent to media outlets and venues throughout the state touting the accomplishments and availability of the youth tellers.



Spread the word

Please help the KYS Committee spread the word about this competition to Kentuckians from 7 – 17 years old. You'll find a print-friendly flyer here and an Instagram & Twitter-friendly announcement here. Either will work with Facebook.



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