Our friends at the long-standing This Really Happened series are looking for storytellers ready to take to the stage and reveal some inner truths April 16, at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. The following is the official call for submissions.
We are looking for true personal stories on the theme We Are Family: stories about soul sisters, blood brothers, and those pesky people who are actually related to you. We want to hear about the stepmother who made your life hell, finding out that your best friend was part of a famous mob family, or the moment of crisis when you realized your real family was not who you thought they were.
All stories are told without notes and are meant to be told in an intimate and casual way.
To submit, please send a summary of the story you wish to tell as well as a brief description of who you are. The summaries are for selection purposes only and not intended for the audience, so don’t keep any surprises to yourself! You do not need to be a seasoned performer—you just need to have a good story to tell.
Selections lean heavily towards well-developed narrative with insight—it’s called This Really Happened because something should have happened. We also want to know: What was the story ultimately about? What is the meaning of what happened? Were the main characters transformed in any way? Stories do not need to be funny (though funny is good), but keep in mind this is for a live audience.
Stories should be a maximum of 6 minutes long.
If you are interested in telling a story, please submit your story summary to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 22, 2016.