Our  2014 Contest was held  Friday March 14.   

ART-TELL youth storytelling contest winners selected in competition at the Fine Arts Center are (front) seven-year-old division - Ryder Hansen, second; Rachel Delaney, first; (second row) eight & nine year old division - Kenslee Johnson, second; Emmalee Parkin, honorable mention; Rowan Conner, first; Tili  Anderson, second, (back row) 10 & 11 year old division - Kip Anderson, first; Eli Parkin, second; Jaxon Jones, third. 

Winners will be invited to perform  at the ART-TELL USU  Brigham City for presentations Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon the week of April 7. 

We were excited for the number of entries and their enthusiastic participation.  Watch for more information on follow up presentations by some of our first place winners.

This year as part of this event storytelling  was presented to 16 different classrooms.  Students were given several examples of stories from personal/family  stories to folk and world tales.,  to some with funny punch lines.  


Updated Judging criteria for  2015 :

JUDGING CRITERIA: A copy of the judging criteria is available at the Fine Arts Center. It includes:
1. Picking an engaging and easily understood story, with a beginning, middle, and  end, 
2. Having good poise and stage presence with eye contact, facial expressions, and appropriate gestures and body language.

3. Good voice projection, enunciation,  and  voice expression,
4. Appropriate length of story. ( 3-5 minutes)  Judges will have the right to cut story off after  7 minutes as they see fit.

5. Memorization skills with good pacing and flow of the story

6. Over-all uniqueness and appeal of the story.


 Additional points will be given for tying the story in to the year’s special art theme.   We will have at least three judges, representing storytellers and educators from the community.

HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS for Future storytellers:
 1. Find a good story that you like.   For beginners, we recommend a folk tale or legend, a favorite book, or a family story.  Library sections 398.2 have many good “telling” stories.  Just make sure it has a clear beginning, middle, and end.  The youth competition here is asking for published stories, or that you get pre-approval for a self written family story.

2. Read your story several times so that you know it.  Learn the repetitious lines.  Then tell the main part of the story in your own words, (so you don’t sound memorized.)
3. After you are familiar with your story, practice it out loud alone in your room so you can create characters comfortably.  Use different voices and actions to define each character.

4. If there is only narration in the story, change some of it into dialogue (what the characters say) to make it more exciting.

5. Make sure you speak clearly.  Speak up and be careful not to get quieter at the end of a line or sentence.  Think  “bring the end of the line up!”   (and not down).  

6. Look for and bring out emotion in your story: happiness, sadness, apprehension, etc.

7. Picture what is happening in your mind as you tell.  If you can visualize it, your audience will be able to “see it”, too.  This will also help you keep track of where you are in the story.

8. Practice your story out loud as much as you can.  Practice in front of a mirror, then practice in front of family or friends.  It is really good to get used to practicing in front of people.

9. Participants will be expected to have memorized their stories.  Story reading will not be included in the  contest- ( although if time while waiting for the final judging results , a written story may be given an audience)
10. Practice on a microphone is available Weds after school the week of the storytelling contest. Also watch for a special work shop on  storytelling basics.  Call 435-723-0740 or watch this website in January of the next year

11.  Good luck!  Have confidence and go for it!


Copies of the above guidelines are available at the Fine Arts Center office or  you can contact us at bcfineartscenter@aol.com. to have it e-mailed to you.