WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. You do not need to be a member of the Council of Korean Americans or a Summit registrant to participate in the ROAR Story Slam. There is no entry fee.
LANGUAGE: All entries must be in English.
CATEGORIES: Submissions may be about the extraordinary or the ordinary, tragic or funny, heavy or light, but must in some way involve being Korean American. Narrative Story entries must relate a true story about something that happened to you or something that you observed or learned about that affected you. Poetry/Spoken Word is free-form and can be either narrative or impressionistic.
FORMAT: All entries must be no longer than six minutes in length. For the initial video entries, storytellers may hold/reference scripts, but may not use any other props. The video should be filmed at half-body distance (no close-ups), ideally with a simple indoor background, and uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube. If you are submitting something you have presented elsewhere, you MUST record it in this format; please do not submit an old video unless it conforms to this required format.
HOW TO ENTER: By 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, email a link to your YouTube video to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the email your full name, address, cellphone number, story title and category—Narrative Story or Poetry/Spoken Word. Judging will be based on the quality of the content and the presentation.
FINALS TIMELINE: Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, Sept. 20. They must arrive at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, to compete in the ROAR Story Slam finals. There will be a mandatory sound check in the morning, and the Live Finals will take place that afternoon from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. before attendees of the CKA National Summit. A panel of judges will select the winners, who will be announced at the event.
FINALS RULES: At the ROAR live finals, stories must be told without scripts or props at a standing microphone. Check out the finalist stories from the 2016 ROAR Story Slam (only narrative stories were included in 2016). All finalists must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by KoreanAmericanStory.org and CKA.
The contest organizers reserve the right to adjust the judging process and prizes.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com.