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I've competed in Prose for the past two years but am switching to Storytelling and would love some advice and just general things to watch out for. Thanks!

Okay, I'll be the first to admit I've never tried Storytelling, but I found these general rules posted by the NFL:

"Storytelling Ballot
The art of storytelling is to create a mood wherein a spoken narrative transports the audience to the time
and place of the story being recounted.
A story teller is a narrator - not an actor or actress - and although gestures, pantomime, movement, and
characterization are not barred, they must be used with restraint.
The focus of the presentation must be on the narrative, with the teller acting as a presenter and not a
performer. The teller must clearly grasp and convey the meaning of the tale.
The judge should rate highly the mechanics of superior speaking: fluency, vocal variety, articulation, eye
contact, gesture.
The presentation should be extempore, not read. No book or script may be used. The storyteller may
speak standing or seated. No props or visual aids may be used.
"When the teller has been successful in bringing the tale to life, the telling will seem entirely natural,
almost effortless"

Storytelling Rules
1. A single published, printed story, anecdote, tale, myth or legend must be retold without notes or
2. The maximum time is 5 minutes, but the story may be briefer without penalty. Any introduction must
be included within the 5 minute time limit.
3. The student may not tell a story s/he used previously in any NFL district and/or national tournament.
4. The delivery must be extempore, not read. No book or script may be used. The story may be
delivered standing or seated.
5. Gestures, pantomime and characterization, may be used with restraint but the focus must be on the
6. The retelling must be true to the original tale. The contestant may not add original material or
materially change the content of the story.

-The National Forensic League National Tournament Manual "

I hope that helps a little.

You can try watching this performance of the 2004 NFL Nationals Champion in Storytelling to get a gist of what judges/the event is looking for :)

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