Entry Deadline: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Live Finals: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm • Ronald Reagan Building  Washington, DC.

For thousands of years Koreans have shared our journeys, our emotions and our ideals through the everyday art of storytelling. The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and have joined together to shine a spotlight on the best Korean American stories and storytellers. Our goals are to encourage Korean Americans to recognize the significance and range of our community’s narratives, to document and preserve them and to showcase them for the community and the public beyond.

We seek personal, true stories that reflect a Korean American experience. Videotaped submissions will be screened by a committee of judges, who will invite five finalists to present and compete at CKA’s National Summit on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in Washington DC.

Live judging at the event will determine the winners of the first place ($3,000), second place ($1,000) and third place ($500) awards. All five finalists will be given complimentary tickets to the CKA gala and awards dinner on Friday, October 14th, and the all-day Summit on Saturday, October 15th ($350 value). Transportation and lodging expenses will be subsidized for finalists who need financial support to participate. The finalists’ stories will be posted on the websites of CKA and


Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. You do not need to be a member of the Council of Korean Americans or a Summit registrant to participate in the ROAR Story Slam. There is no entry fee.

All entries must be in English.

Stories must be true and reflect a Korean American experience. Your tale could be of something that happened to you or something that you observed or learned about that affected you. It could be about something extraordinary or everyday, tragic or funny, heavy or light, but it must in some way involve being Korean American. 

Stories must be no longer than six minutes in length. For the initial video entries, storytellers may hold/reference scripts, but may not use any other props. The video should be filmed at half-body distance (no close-ups) and uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube. Check out this great sample story by CKA Executive Director Sam Yoon (for your own video, please stand further from the camera); for other examples of excellent storytelling, go to

At the ROAR live finals, stories must be told without scripts or props. Finalists must be available to compete in person at the live ROAR Story Slam at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

All finalists must agree to sign a waiver allowing the use of the live competition video by CKA and


By 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12:  Email a link to your YouTube video to roar@summit2016.councilka.orgPlease include in the email your full name, address and daytime phone number. Judging will be based on the quality of content and storytelling presentation.

Friday, September 16: Finalists will be notified by this date.

Saturday, October 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Story Slam will take place before attendees of the CKA National Summit. A judging panel will select winners, who will be announced at the event. A sound check will take place at an earlier time that day to be determined.

The contest organizers reserve the right to adjust the judging process and prizes.

Questions? Please contact


Korean American Story

Council of Korean Americans is a global network of Korean American leaders dedicated to advancing issues of national importance for our community. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to capture and preserve the stories of the Korean American experience.