Story Jam

Story Jam


Submit a three-minute (or shorter) personal story before noon on December 15th!

First place = $150. Second place = $100. Third place = $50.

Theme: "Family Holiday." 

Make a video of yourself telling the story, then post it here

or send it to

The best-crafted, or most entertaining, stories will win. 

Judges are all producers from the live lit community.

See official rules below. 

Official Rules for Story Jam's "Family Holiday" Contest
1. All submissions must be videotaped.
2. All submissions must be posted on the Story Jam Facebook Page or sent to
3. All submissions must be received by noon on December 15th, 2019.
4. Each submission must be a personal, true story told in the first person.
5. All stories should have a beginning, middle, and end.
6. All submitted videos must be under three minutes.
7. All videos will be judged on creativity, storytelling skill, and adherence to the rules.
8. Story Jam does not own the copyright to contestants' videos or stories.
9. Story Jam will not, in any way, abuse, alter, or misappropriate video entries.
10. Each contestant may only submit once.
11. There are no state, country, age, or personal requirements to enter this contest.
12. Stories must be in spoken word form.
13. The winners will be contacted directly, and announced online.
14. The judges, four Chicago live lit producers, will assess each submission on merit,
and not on personal relationships or biases. 

14. The winners will receive cash prizes ($150 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third place). 

This Story Jam contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with,
Facebook, Instagram, or any other type of social media. This contest is purely for fun!