Storytelling Contest

Speech Duration

The Storytelling Contest has the goal of finding excellent story creators and narrators, that are able to entertain, move, and teach people.

Speeches entering the Storytelling Contest must have a maximum duration of 10 minutes.

The stories may include humor, but they must not be solely based on humor.

Selection of Judges

For contests at the Country and above levels, judges will be non-Agora members from the following professions:

  • Media professionals - presenters, show hosts, actors, producers,  etc from the TV, radio, press or movie industries.
  • Fiction writers
  • Journalists
  • Speakers from the professional (for-pay) public speaking circuits.
  • Speakers from other public speaking events such as TEDx., Munk Debates, etc.

Scoring of Speeches

Judges will score speeches according to the following criteria:

  • Originality (0 to 10) - Will consider how original the story is.
  • Story development (0 to 10) - Will consider the overall story arc, its opening, development, climax, etc.
  • Character development (0 to 10) - Will consider whether the protagonists of the story had depth and proper introduction, development, and conclusion.
  • Usage of language  (0 to 10) - Will consider the richness, expressiveness, and vividness of the language used. The ability of the speaker to project images into the audiences’ minds.
  • Narration quality (0 to 10) - Will consider vocal variety, body language, pauses and other characteristics of the narration.
  • Emotional content (0 to 10) - Will consider the ability of the storyteller to convey and elicit emotions in the audience.
  • Story Message (0 to 10)- Will consider the depth of the core moral message of the story.

For each speech, the average of the above scores will be computed, and that will be the final score assigned to that contestant.


The winner of any level except the World Final will have the title of “Best Storyteller of (region)”

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