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On the Nature of Stories

A story recounts an event (or series of events) by taking the audience through in three stages, beginning, middle, and end. And within that basic structure, there are many (many) ways to tell a story.

But regardless of how a story is told, its format, there are some features that we recognise as being a natural part of the storytelling process:

  • Stories have a subject; this is the who or what around which events unfold.

  • Stories have a when, the period of time over which events occur.

  • Stories have a why, the motivation for telling the story.

If you have a story, or the makings of a story, but you're not sure where to start, get in touch with our Project Scribe who can help you get started -

Types of Storytelling

How you tell a story, it's mode of transmission, varies depending on:

  • What you have to say.

  • The audience you are hoping to reach.

  • And how you want the audience to, hopefully, respond to your story.

For this Project, there are 6 main submission categories:

  1. Written - this includes handwritten, typed, or stories submitted directly through the website.

  2. Two Dimensional - paintings, photography, drawing, mixed media, collages.

  3. Sculpture - This includes 3D works, sound installations, statues, clay, jewellery and fashion.

  4. Performance - this includes music, songwriting, drama, dance, sound, and poetry.

  5. Digital - this includes any story whose primary mode of transmission is exclusively digital.

  6. Analogue - this focuses on analog mediums, such as audio cassettes, VCR and camcorder footage.

A piece may fit into one or more categories, and that's ok. The submission categories help the project team to best categorise your work once it is submitted.

You can download the submission guidelines here.

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