November 14

Patriotic Storytelling Contest

  • November 14
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Storytelling is an ancient art form that has the power to entertain, move, and educate an audience. Amazing storytellers, whether they are telling around the family table or performing at a concert hall, have the ability to share memorable stories in a natural way that linger long after the storyteller has left. The Freedom Festival and Timpanogos Storytelling Festival invite students of all ages to perform and submit a favorite story based on the 2016 theme of “FREEDOM.” Entry deadline is November 14, 2016.
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Contest Rules

Open to all Utah children from Grades 1 to 12

  • Students will submit a recording of themselves performing their story. The performance must be an unedited recording, videotaped from one camera in one location.
  • Story must be memorized. (No notes allowed.)
  • Story will be judged on adherence to patriotic theme and the judging criteria.
  • Professional dress requested for presentation.
  • Decision of the judges is final.
  • If the chosen story is not an original or family story, the performer must give credit to the author of the story.

Note: Submitted stories may be used by the Freedom Festival for Festival events and promotion.

Note: A storytelling performance is different than giving a speech. The judges are looking for the natural delivery of a story related to the theme.

Grades 10-12
3-5 minute time limit
1st – $200, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $50

Grades 7-9
1-3 minute time limit
1st – $100, 2nd – $75, 3rd – $50

Grades 1-6
1-3 minute time limit
1st – 75, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25

Judging Criteria


Voice–Is the performer clear and understandable? Is the inflection appropriate and varied?

Body–Is the performer poised and natural in their presentation? Are gestures and actions appropriate or distracting?

Presence–Does the performer connect with the audience?  Is the performer comfortable and engaging


Structure–Is the story organized and logical?  Does it have a natural conclusion?

Development–Are characters developed and engaging? Does the story make sense?  Is the pacing natural?

Impact–Is the story entertaining and well received?  Does it keep the attention of the audience?

Video Example:

Registration and Submission

You must register and upload your video by Nov 14, 2016.

Register online by clicking here.

To submit, uploaded your video to YouTube, then email the video link to

Winners will be announced by January 9, 2017.

How-to upload to YouTube

  1. Go to
  2. In the upper right hand corner of the home page click on “sign in”
  3. If you have a google account you can login with that and go to the next step. If you don’t have a google login then click on “sign up for YouTube” and then fill out the necessary info.
  4. Once you’re logged in click on the link at the top of the screen that says “upload”
  5. Click on the button that says “video upload” and then upload your video.
  6. Make sure to fill out the Title and Description fields are filled out appropriately
  7. In the privacy section be sure to check the “Public” option.
  8. Click on the save button at the bottom of the screen
  9. You may have to wait a while for your video to upload, after your video is done precessing go to your published video page.
  10. Copy the url link and send it to
Download The Educational Events Poster

Click here to download: 2017-2018 Contest Poster

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