Connected: Creating Tomorrow – Call for Stories


Please read all information on this page prior to submitting your proposal

2022 NSN Virtual Conference & Festival
CONNECTED: CREATING TOMORROW – honoring the past and shaping our future

“Connected” and “Creating Tomorrow” are phrases with many meanings; there is much we can preserve and learn from the past, while simultaneously working to instill hope and possibility in the future. We are looking for stories that address change, innovation, creativity, connection, transformation, etc.

Propose your story of challenging the status quo, innovating social or political environments, transforming one’s own future, inspiring meaningful change, using story to make a difference, gaining insight from the past, or stepping boldly into a new life.


July 27-31, 2022 NSN will bring together storytellers from all over the United States and the world!

For the Conference, NSN will be curating one or more live Showcases that address the conference theme. Additionally, we MAY share some of the story submissions with Showcase producers if requested by the producer. (Note, if you would like to be a Showcase Producer, there is a separate and concurrent submission process for that.) To be considered for a showcase, please submit a single story or combination of stories running no more than 20 minutes.


All stories in the curated showcases will be performed live during the conference. Those telling stories in Showcases may also be selected to present a Workshop, Panel, or Master Class, provided separate proposals are submitted and selected for each category. Tellers will not be selected to perform in a showcase and to curate another showcase. Participating in other NSN events outside of the conference does not prohibit participation in Connected.


Tellers, hosts, emcees, and producers will each be paid a flat fee of $100.00 USD in addition to receiving a 40% discount on Connected Conference registration. Showcases will be recorded and become part of the NSN digital library for one (1) year. Please review the NSN Recording Policy, available here.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at 12 pm Noon Central U.S. Time

Fill out the form below with all relevant information and attachments.

You will be notified of the results by March 15, 2022

You will receive a copy of your proposal via email after your submission is complete.

NEW THIS YEAR: You may now save a working draft of your proposal by scrolling to the bottom of the form and selecting “Save.” Users are responsible for maintaining their own drafts. You must click SUBMIT before the deadline to have your proposal considered.  NSN will not be able to recover lost drafts.

Email with any questions not answered here.

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