ROAR Story Slam 2020

ROAR Story Slam is back!

The ROAR Story Slam is a live storytelling competition held in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago where 5 to 6 finalists, who have been specially selected from our submission pool, will perform on stage presenting their unique, creative, and authentic Korean American story. Each finalist will have no more than six minutes to tell their stories, without the use of scripts nor props. A panel of distinguished judges will watch and score each performance, and announce the winners at the end of the event.

If selected, all finalists will be provided a free storytelling coaching session from our coach Sheila Ivy Traister – veteran actress, director, and story coach.



First Place Winner: $1000

Second Place Winner: $500

Third Place Winner: $200





Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. All entries must be in English. Any Korean or other language used must be translated. There is no entry fee.

Finalists must be available to compete in person at the live ROAR Story Slam event location that they registered for. At the ROAR live finals, stories must be told without scripts or props at a standing microphone. All finalists must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by KoreanAmericanStory.org.



Stories must be personal and true as remembered. Submissions must in some way involve being Korean American, but may be about the extraordinary or the ordinary, tragic or funny, heavy or light. Styles may vary and creativity is encouraged, but props are not allowed. 

To enter, please submit a video of yourself telling your story no longer than 6 minutes.




Los Angeles
Monday, January 20th, 2020, 11:59pm EST

New York City
Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 11:59pm EST

June TBD



Los Angeles
Friday, February 28th, 2020

New York City
Early April TBD

July TBD




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New York City ROAR Story Slam 2019

1st Place Winner: Claire Choi “Grandma”

Los Angeles ROAR Story Slam 2019

1st Place Winner: Britt Adams “Family Reunion”

Chicago ROAR Story Slam 2019

1st Place Winner: Cassie Chee “Dear Halmoni”

Questions? Please contact roar@koreanamericanstory.org.