Storytelling Contest Rules



1. Eligibility

Storytelling Contest Aesop Remix:  Old School for a New Day is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least fourteen (14) years old at the time of entry.  Employees and Committee Members of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.(NABS) who are administering the Contest are not eligible.  The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

a.  Youth Entrants (14-18) must submit parent or guardian permission on Contest Entry and Release Form.

2. Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by National Association of Black Storytellers, 1601-02 North Avenue,  Baltimore, Maryland 21213.

3. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Contest constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Contest Period

The Contest begins on March 27, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard and ends on June 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m Eastern Standard (the Contest Period). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using any of the following method: Online only.

5. How to Enter

Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website ( and following the directions provided to fill out the entry information, and submit online.

  • Read full Statement on The Wisdom of Aesop written by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. Education Chair, Caroliese Frink Reed, Ph.D at
  • Create an original fable or your own version of a traditional Aesop fable 
  • Perform and record story on video, not to exceed 5 minutes
  • Upload video to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Complete the Contest Entry and Release Form
  • Submit Contest Entry and Release Form with video link at

The storytelling genre that may be used is limited to fables.  The characterization can be animals, humans or a combination of both.  A moral must be included and stated, either at the beginning or end. Acceptable storytelling styles are oral performances.

Limit one (1) entry per person for the duration of the Contest Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Team entries (more than one storyteller) are considered as one entry and will be considered as a singular contestant for prize distribution purposes.

6. Prize Winnings

On or about July 5, 2016, the Sponsor will select potential winners through an adjudicated process. Selection criteria includes:

  • Application of NABS Statement on The Wisdom of Aesop
  • Application of the fable genre
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Fluency
  • Cultural Content
  • Sound Quality
  • Visual Quality
  • Does not exceed maximum length

The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winners via telephone or email on or about July 6, 2016. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from eligible entries.

7. Winner Notification

The potential winners will be notified by email, mail or phone. Each potential Grand and First Prize winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. If the potential winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, who will be required to sign the Declaration of Compliance on the potential winners behalf and fulfill any other requirements imposed on winner set forth herein. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 2-3 weeks after the conclusion of the Contest.

8. Prizes

Category I - ADULT

  • Grand Prize: $300, Free Registration to 2016 National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, Books, CD's and DVD of NABS Storytellers.
  • 2nd Place: $150.00, Books and CDs of NABS Storytellers 
  • 3rd Place: $75, Books and CDs of NABS Storytellers
       Category II - YOUTH
  • Grand Prize: $150.00,  Free Registration to 2016 National Association of  Black Storytellers Festival and Conference in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, Books, CDs  and DVD of NABS Storytellers.
  • 2nd Place: $75.00, Books and CDs of NABS Storytellers.
  • 3rd Place: $25, Books and CDs of NABS Storytellers.

9. General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10. Documentation Release

By participating in this contest, entrants authorize the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc and its Affiliates to use and reproduce submitted names, likeness, voice, statements, and activities,  herein collectively ("My Recording"), which may be in the form of video tapes, photographs or audio recordings.  It is my understanding that these recordings may be posted to NABS' social media sites and used for education and promotional purposes only.

11. Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d)application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application the processing of entries application downloads or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorneys fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

12. Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Maryland. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Maryland.

13. Privacy

Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsors privacy policy.

14. Winner List

The Names of the Winners will be posted on our website and the top 5 winners in each category may be posted on our YouTube channel.

For questions please contact:  Caroliese Frink Reed, Ph.D, Chair, NABS Educational Committee at [email protected]