NHIA to Host Storytelling Festival

NHIA Press Room on 02.21.17

The New Hampshire Institute of Art to Host Storytelling Festival

Call for Entries

New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a storytelling festival on April 8, 2017, 2pm at 148 Concord St, Manchester, NH. The event will feature a variety of forms of storytelling and will be emceed by NHPR’s Virginia Prescott. This event is free and open to the public.

Call for Entries

Submissions for this event are open to public. Writers, storytellers, illustrators, and graphic novelists, and creatives working in a wide variety of other media, professional or amateur, are invited to participate in this Moth Radio Hour-style event. The stories can be true or embellished. Each presenter will be limited to five minutes.

How to Submit

Those interested in participating should send a brief description of their story to membership@nhia.edu by March 17, 2017. Those with images accompanying their story should submit their image files along with the outline of their story for review.

What is Storytelling?

  • Storytelling is an ancient art form and one of the first methods of self-expression humans used.
  • It is interactive – the way the listeners respond can sometimes influence the course of the story.
  • Each culture defines stories differently and presents them differently.
  • Diverse forms such as poetry, song and stand-up comedy can all sometimes be considered stories. 
  • Some cultures tell a story the same way each time it is told; others add or take away depending on the mood of the audience.
  • Stories influence the imagination and empathy of the listener by allowing the listener to draw connections between places or circumstances described and those they have experienced themselves despite never seeing the specific places in the story or participating in that particular culture.


Please contact Sara Ceaser, the Alumni and Membership Coordinator with any questions. She can be reached at membership@nhia.edu or (603)836-2143.