South Coast Virtual Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, OR/US

Storytelling Rules


1. A single published, printed story, anecdote, tale, myth, or legend must be retold without notes or props. Any theme/topic area may be used. 


2. Time: The maximum time limit is 5 minutes with a 30-second “grace period.” If there are multiple judges in the round, all must agree that the student has gone beyond the grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st. There is no other prescribed penalty for going over the grace period. The ranking is up to each individual judge’s discretion. Judges who choose to time are to use accurate (stopwatch function) timing devices. No minimum time is mandated. 


3. The student may not tell a story they have used previously in any tournaments.


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 narrative. 


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.