Young Native Storytellers Contest

 

*Attention: contest requirements have been updated as of 10/5/17. Thank you for your patience and understanding -we look forward to reading your application!

Contest Description:

The 3rd Annual Yale Young Native Storytellers Contest is sponsored by the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program to showcase the breadth of storytelling by indigenous youth. To support the next generation of storytellers, we invite indigenous youth to submit written versions of their plays and video versions of their songs, dances, stories, or poetry for consideration. Winners of the contest (and one parent/guardian for winners under the age of 18) will receive an all-expense paid trip to Yale University as a part of the Young Native Storytellers Festival on May 6, 2018. All winners will have the opportunity to perform their work as a part of the festival and the winning play will be performed as a staged reading with community and professional actors. 
 
Below, you can find all information for applicants to apply in each category. While we understand that Native people come from interdisciplinary artistic communities, out of respect for the number of applicants, we ask that you only submit to one category. If you are unsure as to which area you should apply, please send us an email as we are happy to advise. If you have any further questions, please send us an email at yipapstorytellers@gmail.com
 
Once you review the necessary information, click on this bolded link to the application form. We thank you for your creativity and look forward to reading, hearing, and watching your work!
 

Categories:

  • Playwriting
  • Storytelling/Poetry/Spoken Word
  • Singing/Songwriting/Music
  • Dance

Eligibility:

  • For All Applicants:

o   Applications are due December 1, 2017.

o   All submissions can be uploaded to our online form. If there are any issues, please contact us at yipapstorytellers@gmail.com.

o  Contestants should attach an essay (no more than 750 words) describing who you are, what your performance/art meanshow you learned, where you practice, and why you continue to perform.

o   Each contested should also ask a teacher, peer, community member, or mentor for a letter of recommendation that speaks to the applicant’s character and experience as an artist and community member. Recommenders should email their letters to yipapstorytellers@gmail.com with the applicant’s name as the Subject line.

  • Playwriting*

o   The Playwright must be between the ages of 15 and 25 and identify as indigenous.

o   Plays must be original scripts (>120 pages) and written in standard play-script format with one-inch margins, 12-point Times or Courier font, all pages numbered. 

o   Front page of script must list: 

-Title of play

-Full Name

-Tribal Affiliation

-Date of Birth

-Home Address

-Email

-Phone Number

*Note: Putting on a play is a collective effort and, as such, the winning playwright will be partnered with a professional Native playwright and/or director to workshop their piece before its staged reading in May.

  • Storytelling/Poetry/Spoken Word

o   The Poet must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and identify as indigenous.

o   Video submissions only.

o   A video of your original poem or story must be under 5 minutes (this can include interpretations of traditional stories as long as you and/or your community are comfortable recording and sharing it).

o   You will not be judged on the quality of your video (iPhone videos are acceptable).

o   Upload the video to our online form. Contact us at yipapstorytellers@gmail.com if there are any complications.

  • Singing/Songwriting/Music

o   The Musician must be under the age of 15 and 18 and identify as indigenous.

o   Video submissions only.

o   A video of your original song must be under 5 minutes.

o   You will not be judged on the quality of your video (iPhone videos are acceptable).

o   Upload the video to our online form. Contact us at yipapstorytellers@gmail.com if there are any complications.

  • Dance

o   The Dancer must be under the age of 15 and 18 and identify as indigenous.

o   Video submissions only.

o   A video of your original dance must be under 5 minutes.

o   You will not be judged on the quality of your video (iPhone videos are acceptable).

o   Upload the video to our online form. Contact us at yipapstorytellers@gmail.com if there are any complications.