Connected: Across the Divide – Call for Stories


2021 NSN Virtual Conference & Festival
Connected: Across the Divide – Five days of storytelling aimed at building bridges with stories.

Storytelling has been shown to be a powerful tool to help bridge differences with compassion and empathy. Stories help us see the humanity in one another, understand motivations, and appreciate similarities. This July, we will be exploring all the ways that story and storytelling help us reach across the divides that separate us. We seek proposals that share the power of story to address our differences and celebrate our commonalities. Have you used story to address divides between cultures, races, ages, religions, political parties, or storytelling forms/styles? What about the divides within or between families, communities, or organizations? Can you speak to the divides created by this pandemic, including the distance between traditions of live performance and the demands and limitations of virtual delivery? Share your expertise in helping to reach across any divide – physical, emotional, psychological, or digital. We look forward to exploring these ideas with you.


July 21-25, 2021 NSN will bring together storytellers from all over the United States and the world!

For the Conference, NSN will be curating 2-3 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.  Describe the story or stories you hope to tell, including the genre, the themes, and a brief synopsis.  Provide the estimated length of the story or stories.  Be sure to count the time needed for any commentary you would be making before or after the actual story.  If possible, please submit a link to a video of the story or a significant part of it. If you don’t have that, please submit other work samples with a similar tone or theme.

Stories submitted through this application will be considered for the NSN curated showcases and may be shared with individual Showcase producers.


You are welcome to submit more than one story or group of stories, but can only be selected to present in one Showcase. 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.

You are welcome to submit more than one (1) story proposal (for an individual story or a group of shorter stories to be considered together), but can only be selected to present in one (1) Showcase. Those chosen to tell a story may also present a workshop, provided separate proposals for both are submitted and selected. Showcase producers may tell as a part of their Showcase, but may not perform in another Showcase. You are welcome to submit individual stories for consideration using this form and submit a Showcase application, however, you cannot be selected to produce a Showcase and tell a separate story in another Showcase. Participating in other NSN events outside of the conference does not prohibit participation in Connected.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm on Monday, May 10, 2021


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 in the application below.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE is 11:59 pm on Monday, May 10, 2021

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

You will be notified of the results by June 1, 2021

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

Please note: Partially complete submissions are not saved and there is no way to save your submission and return to complete it later. You must submit your complete proposal for your submission to be saved. Therefore, NSN is providing a draft submission form that can be used to prepare your submission prior to submitting a proposal on the live form below. NSN strongly encourages the use of this form or a word processing program in preparation for submitting any proposal.

Email with any questions not answered here.

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