ROAR Story Slam: Call for Entries

Are you a Korean American with a story you want to tell the public AND want the chance to win a cash prize for it?

The Council of Korean Americans and are partnered this year to host the ROAR Storytelling Competition to shine a spotlight on Korean American storytellers and their personal stories.

H.J. Lee, the founder and president of, told Kollaboration New York that the purpose of the ROAR Storytelling Competition is to be able to create a platform that encourages Korean Americans to take pride in their culture and culture’s history, and to be able to tell those stories aloud.

“The ROAR Story Slam goals are to encourage Korean Americans to recognize the significance and range of our community’s narratives,” Lee said. “To document and preserve them and to showcase them for the community and the public beyond. Chronicling these stories, in our own voices, ensures authentic preservation of our experiences.”

The guidelines and requirements for entering the competition are that you must be Korean American and at least 18 years old. All entries must be in English. Stories submitted must be true and reflect a Korean American experience and should 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.

Five 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

First place winner receives $3,000, second place receives $1,000, and third place receives $500, which will be determined by live judges at the ROAR Story Slam. All five finalists will be given complimentary tickets to the CKA gala and awards dinner on Friday, October 14th, and the all-day Summit on Saturday, October 15th ($350 value). Transportation and lodging expenses will be subsidized for finalists who need financial support to participate. The finalists’ stories will be posted on the websites of CKA and

The entry deadline is on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Winners will be notified by Friday, Sept. 16th and the live finals a.k.a the Story Slam will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in front of attendees of the CKA National Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. A judging panel will select the winners who will be announced at the event. Click here for additional information. Hurry and enter today!