Harvard Asian Alumni Summit 2014

VOICES Storytelling Slam

You are invited to participate in this exciting new event to highlight the best Harvard storytellers of Asian or Asian-American descent.

Submissions are due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

Finals to be held at the Summit.

Storytelling is a powerful art. It can elicit delight or fear, laughter or tears. It can entertain, inform and inspire. We would like to hear your personal true story about being Asian or Asian American in writing, by audio or by video. The VOICES Committee will screen submissions and hold auditions by Skype; they will select the five most compelling storytellers to present their tales at the Summit on Sunday, October 26. The host of the event will be independent filmmaker Ellie Lee, whose captivating storytelling has been featured by “The Moth.”

The winner will take home a $5000 cash prize. Runner-up cash prizes will be given too. The winner’s story will also be posted on the site of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop online magazine The Margins.

Below are some examples of story topics, but please don’t feel bound by them:

  • A story about cultural traditions, family
  • A story about coming to the US from Asia
  • A story about being Asian at Harvard
  • A story that challenges an Asian stereotype
  • Any other story that you think the Summit audience would relate to
Requirements and Deadlines:

The contest is open to Harvard alumni, students, faculty and staff.

October 8: Email your written, audio or video story file or a link to the file (such as an “unlisted” upload on YouTube) to voices@haaaa.net. The spoken length should be five to six minutes (no longer than six). All submissions will be screened by the VOICES Committee. You do not need to be registered for the Summit to enter. Please be sure to include your full name, Harvard school affiliation, degree and year received or anticipated and/or staff title.
October 12: Semi-Finalists will be notified by this date.
October 13-15: Semi-Finalists must send in a video of their story; exact deadline to be announced. (If a video was previously submitted, a semi-finalist may submit the same video or a new version.)
October 19: The five Finalists will be notified by this date; they will be given complimentary registration to the Summit for Sunday, Oct. 26, and must appear in person to compete.
Sunday, October 26, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Finals will take place before an audience at the Summit, in Harvard’s Science Center. Prizes will be announced at the event.

The Judges are seeking a great true story told well, pure and simple.

The contest organizers reserve the right to adjust the judging process and prizes. Questions? Please contact voices@haaaa.net

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