Be an Adult Teller (Open Call)

Story Crossroads invites adults who enjoy telling stories yet are not professionals to apply to tell stories for the Story Crossroads Festival on either May 11 or 12, 2021 with 7 adult spots available. Due by April 27th each year. If you are a professional storyteller of at least 3 years and actively performing, then you will want to apply here:

Virtual and live options will be available for these performance opportunities.

Most live proper-distanced slots will be during the day and night at the Murray City Park on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. We will also – with permission – have some youth teller story video premiered on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 through our Story Crossroads YouTube Channel. Here is what premiered in 2020 (youth were featured first and last 30 minutes focus on the adult community tellers).

Storytelling Preparation:

  • It is your responsibility to select and prepare a story for the Festival. These stories must be family-friendly and appropriate for elementary through secondary grades.
  • You should receive a minimum of 6-8 hours of developing, crafting and performing the tale. See the free lesson plans already available representing 6 hours plus assuming at least 2 hours of telling and being coached. This can be done as an individual or reaching out to other people through phone, email, Zoom, or in-person in a safe manner. For ready-made storytelling lesson plans, visit or email We launched Story Crossroads Academy, self-led online storytelling courses, that would work as an option.
  • You could be telling to audiences of 20 to 100 people at the Festival due to proper-distancing or 1000+ due to virtual options. To prepare, take the opportunity to present your story to as many audiences as possible (e.g. classes, organizations, or clubs – performing virtually or in-person in a safe manner).

Storytelling Requirements:

  • Story Crossroads is about the art of oral storytelling. As such, do not read the story.
  • Stories have a 3-6-minute time limit.
  • Story performances (such as skits) do not qualify.
  • Stories shared in other languages (e.g. Spanish, American Sign Language) are highly favored.
  • Music, dance, or other art forms may be incorporated, provided storytelling is the primary focus. Any props should be minimal.
  • Stories may be original or retold. For retold stories, credit must be given to the author or original teller. Tellers are required to receive permission to tell a published story.
  • Avoid stories from picture books. Stories without pictures encourage creativity rather than recitation.

Application and Acceptance Details:

  • The application deadline is April 27, 2021.
  • Complete the online application at
  • Details for submitting the video audition are included. Adults selected through feed-in festivals are not required to submit a video. Video auditions are reviewed by the Story Crossroads Board. Applicants will be informed of acceptance via email by May 1, 2021.

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