No Additional Aids - The storyteller may not use written notes, props, costumes, or musical instruments.
No Poems - unless the poem is original and tells a story.
Theme - Your story (not just the title or "punch line") should connect in a meaningful way to the theme.
Time - 5 minutes means...5 minutes. There is a 60 second grace period to wind up. Going over 6 minutes disqualifies the teller.
- Each story is judged on:
- How well it is crafted.
- How well it is told.
- How well the story explores, connects and/or reveals some truth about the theme.
Disregard for any of the rules disqualifies the teller