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We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.   - Jimmy Neil Smith

Black Mountain International Liars Contest

  • 04/26/2024
  • 7:00 PM
  • Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC


  • Contestants must pre-register by sending name, city and state, email and phone number, and a non-refundable check for $25 payable to Asheville Storytelling Circle, 61 Floyd Dr Asheville, NC 28803 in time to be received before April 19th, Contestants will receive confirmation of acceptance and performance details on April 19 via the contact information provided. The $15 ticket fee is waived.
  • Contestants’ names will be put in a hat and judges will pull for telling order.
  • Lies (humorous, dramatic, supernatural) will be a maximum of 5 minutes. Judge will hold up a yellow card at the 4-minute  mark and a red card at the 5-cminute mark. If Contestants continue past the 5-minute mark, they will forfeit 50 points.
  • Total points may equal 100 points and will be based upon the following 4 categories:
  • Originality of the lie- new material or fresh handling of a familiar yarn.  25 points
  • Technique- delivery, confidence, general stagecraft.   25 points
  • Story Development- good development of the tale in given time of 5 minutes.   25 points
  • Effectiveness- in judges’ opinion, taking audience responsiveness.   25 points
  • The judges will confer at the end of the contest to decide the winners.
  • Final scores will not be given to the contestants and the decision of the judges decision is final.   
  • Contestants must provide written permission if telling a published story. And if telling a story not wholly their own, contestants must acknowledge the origins of the story and change it in a way that makes it unique.
  •  Profanity and adult themes are not permitted. If heard, the mic will be cut off and the contestant disqualified.
  • Award ceremony will take place after the contest and awards are as follows:

First Prize  $100

Second Prize  $50

Third Prize   $25

People's Choice $25 

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