ROAR Story Slam 2017-07-29T19:34:50+00:00


Entry Deadline: Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Live Finals: Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 2:30 pm • Ronald Reagan Building • Washington, DC.

For thousands of years Koreans have shared our journeys, our emotions and our ideals through the everyday art of storytelling. The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) will again host‘s ROAR Story Slam, to shine a spotlight on the best Korean American stories and storytellers. Our goals are to encourage Korean Americans to recognize the significance and range of our community’s narratives, to document and preserve them and to showcase them for the community and the public beyond.

This year, there will be two categories of entries: Narrative Story and Poetry/Spoken Word. For both categories, we seek entries that are personal and reflect a Korean American experience. Videotaped submissions will be screened by a committee of judges, who will invite finalists to present and compete at CKA’s National Summit on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Washington DC.

Live judging at the event will determine the winners of the first place ($1,500), second place ($500) and third place ($200) awards in each category. All finalists will be given complimentary tickets to the CKA Summit and Gala on Saturday, October 21st ($400 value). Transportation and lodging expenses will be subsidized for finalists who need financial support to participate. The finalists’ stories will be posted on the websites of and CKA.

Jen Kim – 2016 ROAR Story Slam Finalist

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 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 and CKA.

The contest organizers reserve the right to adjust the judging process and prizes.

Questions? Please contact


Korean American Story is a non-profit organization whose mission is to capture and preserve the stories of the Korean American experience.

Council of Korean Americans is a global network of Korean American leaders dedicated to advancing issues of national importance for our community.

2016 Roar Story Slam Photos