ROAR Story Slam: Call for Entries

It’s that time again. CKA and the want to hear you ROAR!

If you’re Korean American and have a story you want to tell the world, The Council of Korean Americans and are partnering once again to host their annual ROAR Storytelling Competition to shine a spotlight on Korean American storytellers and their personal stories.

Last year when Kollaboration New York spoke with H.J. Lee, the founder and president of, he said the purpose of the Story Slam is to encourage Korean Americans to recognize the importance and range of the community’s narratives as well as to document and preserve the history and stories that reside in those communities.

The guidelines and requirements for this year remain the same: You must be Korean American and at least 18 years old. All entries must be in English and must be true and reflect a Korean American experience and be no longer than six minutes in length. For 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.

The newest addition this year is that there will be two categories. One for Narrative Story and one for Poetry/Spoken Word.

Finalists will be selected to perform live at the ROAR Story Slam at the CKA National Summit. If chosen, you must be available to compete in person at the event and you cannot use a script or props.

You do not need to be a member of the Council of Korea Americans or a Summit registrant to participate in the ROAR Story Slam and there is no entry fee. However, if selected to be a finalist, you must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by CKA and

The entry deadline this Sunday, Sept. 10th, 2017 at 11:59 EST. Send an email with the link to your YouTube entry to [email protected]. Click here for additional information. You still have the rest of this week to apply!