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 Summit & Festival on either May 14 or 15, 2024 with 7 adult spots available. Due by April 23rd 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 slots will be during the day and night at the Murray City Park on Tuesday, May 14, 2023. We will also – with permission – have some youth teller story video premiered on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 through our Story Crossroads YouTube Channel.

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 “Storytelling Basics in 8 Hours” through Story Crossroads Academy, a self-led storytelling course, as an option here:
  • You will be telling to audiences of 50 to 300+ people at the Festival 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 23, 2024.
  • 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 no later than May 1, 2024.

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