Entries sought for the Great American Story contest

2017 Finalists in the Great American Story contest.

2017 Finalists in the Great American Story contest.

You are invited to enter the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council’s third annual Great American Story contest. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 22at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

At the public performance, the audience will vote to select the top two storytellers among the four finalists. The two semi-finalists will be given a prompt and tell a 10-minute extemporaneous story. The audience will then select the winner.

First place storyteller will receive an award of $1,000. Second place will receive $500, and each of the other two finalists will receive $250. Lodging arrangements will be made if needed.

For entry information and rules for the Great American Story, please go to www.thegreatamericanstory.org. Entries no more than 10 minutes in length may be posted online or recorded on a CD or flash drive and mailed. Entry fee is $10. Entries must be posted on the website or, if mailed, postmarked no later than June 30.

Audience members have commented: “Park Rapids is such a thriving artistic community … Bravo!” “Sharing something from the heart and making it real make for a powerful art.” “It takes a special person to tell stories and keep us interested.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council serves as an umbrella organization for 16 arts and cultural organizations in the greater Park Rapids area. Representatives from these arts groups, along with individual arts project champions, meet monthly to coordinate arts calendars, share information and incubate interest in new arts projects. PRLAAC also maintains a website - www.prlaac.org - and sponsors successful projects including Art Leap and Noon Hour Concerts.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

Call for storytellers for Festival of Nations

Again this year, Story Arts of MN will sponsor the Storytelling Stage at the Festival of Nations on May 3-6, 2018 in St. Paul.

Carol McCormick is booking tellers for 30 minute slots sharing stories from their Ethnic Heritage. If you are interested in telling at the FON, please email Carol at  mccobuch@comcast.net with your name, email, mailing address, phone #, available dates and times, and what nation(s) from your family tree that you could represent. Also include if you have stories for family and/or adult audiences. 

Available times and audiences are:

Thursday May 3
10 am to 2 pm School Age

Friday May 4
10 am to 3 pm School Age
6:00 to 7:00 pm General Public
8 to 9 pm Storytelling Concert (3 tellers)

Saturday May 5
10 am to 5 pm General Public
8:30 to 9:30 Ghost Story Concert (3 tellers)

Sunday May 6
Noon to 5:00 pm General Public

Tellers will receive some free passes to the FON and be paid according to the funds available.  (If you're aware of a foundation or nonprofit that might like to support the Storytelling Stage, please let Carol know.)

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