2017 ROAR Story Slam at KASCON 28




Entry Deadline: Sunday 2/12, 11:59 pm

Live Finals: Saturday 3/25, 4:30 pm (KASCON 28 at University of Pennsylvania)

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/664319043693202/


DO TELL: For thousands of years Koreans have shared our journeys, our emotions and our ideals through the everyday art of storytelling. At the 28th national Korean American Students Conference, a.k.a. KASCON 28, KoreanAmericanStory.org will shine a spotlight on the best Korean American student stories and storytellers. Our goals are to encourage Korean American students 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.

ENTRIES: We seek personal, true stories that reflect a Korean American experience. Videotaped submissions will be screened by a committee of judges, who will invite five finalists to present and compete at KASCON 28. Finalists will be notified by Saturday 2/25. *More information on entry requirements can be found below.

FINALISTS: All five finalists will be given complimentary registration to KASCON 28 (up to $75 value). Finalists will be responsible for their own transport, lodging and other expenses. The finalists’ stories will be posted online and archived by KoreanAmericanStory.org. *Please note: at the live finals, stories must be told without scripts or props. Finalists must arrive at the finals venue by noon on Saturday 3/25, for a sound check and rehearsal prior to the 4:30 event. All finalists must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by KoreanAmericanStory.org and KASCON 28.

WINNERS: The KASCON audience will determine the winners at the live finals! The prizes are awarded as follows: $500 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.



Who? Only currently enrolled undergraduates are eligible. There is no entry fee.

What? Stories must be true and reflect a Korean American experience. Your tale could be of something that happened to you or something that you observed or learned about that affected you. It could be about something extraordinary or everyday, tragic or funny, heavy or light, but it must in some way involve being Korean American. All entries must be in English. We are seeking stories—not poems and not spoken-word performances.

How? Stories must be no longer than six minutes in length. For the initial video entries, storytellers may hold or reference scripts, but may not use any other props. The video should be filmed at half-body distance (no close-ups) and uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube. Check out some great sample stories: http://koreanamericanstory.org/2016-roar-story-slam-stories/. Email a link to your YouTube video to StorySlam@KoreanAmericanStory.org. Please include in the email your full name, address and daytime phone number. Judging will be based on the quality of the content and the storytelling presentation.


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