ORACLE Awards

NSN is proud to annually recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to storytelling. The members of the Awards Committee for 2024 are: Sarah Juba Addison, Chair, Ray Christian, Mary Gay Ducey, Mary Hamilton, Angela Lloyd, Cora Newcomb, and Toni Simmons.

The ORACLE can be an award given for:

O rganization/Originality
R eliability
A chievements
C reativity
L eadership
E xcellence

in the Storytelling Community

Nomination Process

Nominations for 2024 Oracle Awards will open November 20, 2023
Deadline for submissions: March 11, 2024 by Midnight Pacific Time

Click Here for Submission Instructions

Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award – is presented to individuals in the storytelling community who have dedicated their lives to the art form of storytelling and who have demonstrated meritorious service to the National Storytelling Network, as well as to the community of storytellers at large. The individuals who are awarded are those who have expanded public awareness of the art of storytelling by virtue of their preservation of traditional art forms or the significant originality of their body of work.

Circle of Excellence Award – is presented to artists who are recognized nationally by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.

Distinguished National Service Award – is presented to those individuals, members or groups who contribute their time and energy in an exemplary manner on the national level to forward the work of the National Storytelling Network.

Talking Leaves – is presented to those members of our community who have made outstanding contributions to the literary body of storytelling as authors, editors or collectors.

International StoryBridge Award – recognizes the exemplary work, dedication and spirit of those individuals or groups that promote the art of storytelling in their own country or promote the building of bridges between their country and other countries through the use of storytelling and/or storytelling events.

ORACLE Award Submission Form

Deadline: March 11, 2024 12 midnight Central Time

General Instructions

This is a digital nomination form. Please complete the form online and submit with your letters.

Format

Narrative and Letters of Support: 8 ½” x 11”, with 1-inch margins and type font no smaller than 11pt. Please note that the maximum number of pages is five (5) for the narrative and two (2) for each letter.

Directions for Narrative Addressing Qualifications of the Nominee

When writing the narrative, please refer to the description of the specific award:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – is presented to individuals in the Storytelling community who have dedicated their lives to the art form of Storytelling and who have demonstrated meritorious service to the National Storytelling Network, as well as to the community of Storytellers at large. The individuals who are awarded are those who have expanded public awareness of the art of Storytelling by virtue of their preservation of traditional art forms or the significant originality of their body of work.
  • Circle of Excellence Award – is presented to artists who are recognized nationally by their peers to be master Storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of Storytelling.
  • Distinguished National Service Award – is presented to those individuals, members, or groups who contribute their time and energy in an exemplary manner on the national level to forward the work of the National Storytelling Network.
  • Talking Leaves – is presented to those members of our community who have made outstanding contributions to the literary body of Storytelling as authors, editors, or collectors.
  • International StoryBridge Award – recognizes the exemplary work, dedication, and spirit of those individuals or groups that promote the building of bridges between their country and other countries through the use of Storytelling and/or Storytelling events.

Here are some topics you may want to cover. Please focus on topics relevant to the specific award you are submitting a nomination for. The ORACLE committee can’t judge a nominee’s excellence if the Narrative and Letters of Support concentrate on their service and leadership; they can’t give Talking Leaves (publications) if they hear mostly about the nominee’s excellent performances, etc.

  • Description of how the nominee’s work has expanded public awareness of storytelling.
  • Description of the nominee’s contribution to NSN (especially important for Distinguished National Service, and International Story Bridge Awards).
  • Description of the nominee’s contribution to the storytelling community (especially important for Distinguished National Service and International Story Bridge Awards).
  • Description of the nominee’s contribution to the community in which they live (especially important for Distinguished National Service and International Story Bridge Awards).

NOTE: No more than five (5) pages of narrative will be accepted.

Please note: Letters or excerpts in support of a winning nomination may be posted on the NSN website.

Please submit each nomination individually. Submission via the online form is preferred. If you are not able to submit online, please contact the office at 651-703-8191.

Submitting the nomination

  • Online Form: Click here to go to the online submission form.

Questions regarding submissions can be directed to the NSN staff at  or +1-651-703-8191.

All original copies will be kept on file by NSN. If the nominee is not selected in the year nominated, the nominee’s paperwork will be kept on file and automatically reconsidered in the following year.

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