Anonymous donor adds $1,000 prize to 'BIG' storytelling competition


In addition to the $250 individual grand prize at the BIG Story Fest from April 11-14, an anonymous donor has added a $1000 award aimed at getting community service organizations involved in the fun. 

The champion storyteller will pull in a $1,000 bounty for a local charity. If the grand prize winner is a member of a Beaufort County service organization (Toastmasters, Caroline Hospice, Junior League, Lions, Rotary, etc.) $1000 will be donated to that organization.  

$250 will be donated to each organization whose members make it to the final competition on April 14 @ 1pm, the grand finale of the BIG Storytelling Festival. 

This Storytelling Competition is the stage where all can share their tales, true or not, original or re-tellings. This "Liars" competition is open to all styles, ages, residencies, and skill levels.

And the prizes are: 

  • Senior Division - 1st prize is $250; 2nd $100; 3rd $50 
  • Junior Division - 1st prize is $100; 2nd & 3rd - storytelling merchandise
  • Community Service Organization members: $1000 for the championship, $250 for the final.

Bil Lepp, a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, will serve as one of the judges and MC. 

Registration is $5 for kids under 18 and $10 for adults: and 843-379-2787. 

The preliminaries are March 10 at 3pm and March 24 at 3pm, at ARTworks, open to the public for a donation at the door. 

The wildcard round (anyone can join in then) is Saturday, April 13, and the finale is Sunday, April 14. 

The BIG Story Fest is April 11-14 in Beaufort Town Center. It honors the deeply fun tradition of storytelling and story listening with performances, family activities, workshops, and diverse voices, including Bil Lepp, Doug Elliott, Natalie Daise and Judy Sima (from WVA, NC, SC and MI, respectively.) This is a project of ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands: 843-379-2787, @artseensc.