Rise & Revolutionize

#AAJA17 | Philadelphia | July 26-29

story slam at #aaja17



As journalists, we bring to life every imaginable kind of story about events, issues and people in the news. But we’re rarely given a forum to share tales from our own lives.

We are proud to present our first AAJA Story Slam at #AAJA17. Through the AAJA Story Slam, we will turn our storytelling skills on ourselves and highlight the best personal stories from the Asian American and Pacific Islander journalist community.

The top storytellers will compete for cash prizes in an exciting live event on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the AAJA National Convention. 

First place winner: $1,000
Second place winner: $500
Third place winner: $250

The deadline for submissions has now passed. Finalists will be notified June 1, 2017.


AAJA members with a story to tell. Your 2017 membership must be current before entering the Story Slam, but there is no additional entry fee.


Stories must be personal and true and reflect an AAPI experience. We encourage storytellers to keep the #AAJA17 theme in mind: “Rise and Revolutionize.” The stories can be about something that happened to you or that you observed or learned, or about something that happened to someone else but affected you. It must be told from your point of view. Tell us a story that will move us, that will make us laugh, cry or think differently about something we thought we knew. All entries must be in English. We are seeking stories — not poems and not spoken-word performances. 


Stories must be no longer than six minutes in length. For the 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. Check out some great sample stories. Email a link to your YouTube video to aajastoryslam2017@gmail.com.

Please include in the email your full name, address and daytime phone number. Deadline for submissions was 11:59 p.m. PT on Monday, May 1, 2017.


Judging will be based on both the quality of the content and the storytelling presentation. Video submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who may give semi-finalists the opportunity to submit a revision May 15-25. Finalists will be announced by June 1. 

All finalists will be given complimentary convention registration and gala ticket to #AAJA17. (Finalists who already registered will be refunded their fee.) Finalists will be responsible for their own transport, lodging and other expenses. All finalists must arrive at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 28, 2017. Please note: At the live finals, stories must be told without scripts or props. All finalists must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by AAJA.


Monday, May 1 (by 11:59 pm PT): Video submissions due to aajastoryslam2017@gmail.com.

May 15 - May 25: Possible semi-finalist resubmission period.

Thursday, June 1: Finalists notified.

Friday, July 28, evening (time TBD): The AAJA Story Slam will take place before attendees of the AAJA National Convention in Philadelphia. A judging panel will select winners, who will be announced at the event. A sound check will take place earlier in the day (time TBD).

The contest organizers reserve the right to adjust the judging process and prizes.



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