I’ve been helping with the Women’s Storytelling Festival (https://www.bettersaidthandone.com/womens-festival-2022/), organized by Better Said Than Done, for the last few years. I have hopes of attending others, like the International Storytelling Festival (https://store.storytellingcenter.net/). There are others this year being planned by VASA (https://virginiastorytellingalliance.org/) and others later this year, so be sure to check later in the year to get current info.
So what is a storytelling festival? From my experience, it is a collection of storytelling shows held over a few days. The shows range from 1 – 1.5 hrs long. Sometimes 8 to 10 storytellers are performing. Other times, there are 4 or less with longer stories performed. Depending on the festival, there are workshops and other special offerings dealing with the art and business of storytelling. Below are just a few that I have found. Some, like the Women’s Storytelling Festival, aren’t taking submissions right now but will later in the year. Checking out festivals now as an audience member will allow you to get a feel for what they are like before trying to pitch a story.
As a reminder, think of this as a starter list. I’m sure there are far more festivals than I can keep track of here. Some sites don’t have dates for 2023 up just yet, so be sure to check back throughout the year. I plan to do a separate list for storytelling conferences, so be on the lookout for that later.
- Women’s Storytelling Festival
- FUNDA fest
- National Association of Black Storytellers
- Florida Storytelling Festival
- Texas Storytelling Festival
- Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
- National Storytelling Festival
- St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival
- Serria Storytelling Festival
- Sounds of the Mountains
- Kentucky State storytelling festival
- VASA Alleghany Highlands Storyfest
- Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival
- Storytelling Association of California