ROAR Story Slam 2019





By the entry deadline below, email a link to your YouTube video to roar@koreanamericanstory.org. Please include in the email your full name, address, cellphone number, story title, and ROAR Story Slam location (Chicago). Judging will be based on the quality of the content and the presentation.


CHICAGO ENTRY DEADLINE: Sunday, June 23rd, 5:00 pm EST


EVENT DATE: 7/19/19 7:00 pm


WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. There is no entry fee.

LANGUAGE: All entries must be in English.

STORY TYPE: Stories must be true and reflect a Korean-American experience. Submissions may be about the extraordinary or the ordinary, tragic or funny, heavy or light, but must in some way involve being Korean American. The story must be true as remembered.

FORMAT: All entries must be no longer than six minutes in length. Please stay within the time limit. 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.

LIVE STORY SLAM EVENT: Finalists must be available to compete in person at the live ROAR Story Slam event location that they registered for. Final dates and locations will be announced.

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 and the 2017 ROAR Story Slam.  All finalists must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by KoreanAmericanStory.org. A panel of judges will select the winners, who will be announced at the event.



KoreanAmericanStory.org is proud to announce our 3rd annual ROAR Story Slam – to shine a spotlight on the best Korean American stories and storytellers. In 2019, we are taking the show on the road and holding local events in NYC, LA and Chicago.  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.

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 a KoreanAmericanStory.org’s ROAR Story Slam Event. Live judging at the event will determine the winners of the first place ($1,500), second place ($500) and third place ($200) awards. We hope to attract local talent thus, transportation and lodging expenses will not be subsidized. The finalists’ stories will be posted on the website of KoreanAmericanStory.org.


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Thank You:

Thank you to our donors who made the ROAR Story Slam events possible!


Andrea & Paul Compton
HJ Lee & Theresa Choh-Lee
Ohn Choe
John Kwon
Connie Isler
Margaret Isler
Joshua Schiller
Wen Zhou
Brigette Noh
Gregory Feldman
Jeannie Park
Victoria Mok
Grace Kim
Karen Kim
Joon H. Kim
Erin Byunn
Yongjin Im
Aram Hur &
Phillip Lee
Jae Lee
Bomin Kim &
Christopher Park
Ralph Salermo
Leah Wang
Kay & Paul Shapiro
Eunhae Yu
Dr. Kee & Susan Park
Kyung Nam-Lee
Tania Min
Mercinth & Spencer Pearce
Rok Lee
Mimi Park
Cerrissa Kim
Jason Yoon
Richard Liao
Marissa Martin
Mee Hyun Gerstein &
Brian Lee
Jae Ridner
Ngan Nguyen
Richard Cho
Diana Son
Jo-Ann Yoo
Jamal & Julie Young
Jane Hong
Mark Lee
Ray Yi
Peter Chiu
Brennan Gang
Erin Junkin
Andy Mahoney
Susan Bernfield
Jennifer Cook
Olivia & Richard Grinker



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

Questions? Please contact roar@koreanamericanstory.org.


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