The Great American Story (GAS), sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) celebrates oral storytellers.

A panel of judges will rank entries based on:

  • Literary merit and strength of delivery
  • Creativity and imagination, emotional impact, strong beginning, dramatic arc and resolution

Entries/Entrants must adhere to the following:

  • 1st and 2nd place winners the past two years not eligible to enter
  • Must be no longer than 10 minutes
  • Must be told and recorded by entrant and may be uploaded in compressed digital audio file format using digital submission form at: or recorded on CD or flash drive and mailed to PRLAAC, P.O. Box 702, Park Rapids, MN 56470
  • Storyteller’s name, address, telephone number and email address must be included. A photo and short biography will be requested from finalists to be used for promotion.
  • A $10 non-refundable entry fee must accompany submissions. Checks payable to PRLAAC (above) or via PayPal on website.
  • Stories will not be censored, but must meet FCC pre-10 P.M. broadcast guidelines

Important dates to remember:

  • Entries must be submitted or postmarked by June 30
  • Judges will announce 4 winners by August 15
  • Public Performance at Armory Square, Park Rapids on September 22

Celebratory event on September 22

  • 4 winning entrants must There will be no per diem or travel allowance for participants. However, one night’s lodging will be provided.
  • Audience will vote on storytellers. The two semi-finalists will be given a prompt and then tell a 10-minute extemporaneous story. Again, audience will vote on winner.
  • 1st place – $1,000, 2nd place – $500, 3rd and 4th place – $250 each

Submission of a story for this event conveys non-exclusive non-commercial license and distribution rights of the entry and performance to PRLAAC sponsor of the Great American Story. GAS and PRLAAC reserve the right to revise or amend these rules.