Awards

Storytelling Toronto offers two annual storytelling awards: The Alice Kane Award and the Anne Smythe Travel Award. These awards are intended to advance the work of active storytellers.

Links to the PDF application forms can be found below.

Applications must be received by Storytelling Toronto by February 28, 2018.

The Alice Kane Award

The Alice Kane Award is a $1000 award presented by Storytelling Toronto in memory of Alice Kane (1908 – 2003). A co-founder of the Storytellers School of Toronto, Alice was a much beloved storyteller whose mastery of the art of storytelling made her an inspiration to many.

This award is offered annually to a person or persons who wish to advance the art of storytelling through research, innovative projects, or through their own personal development as a storyteller.

  • The recipient(s) is/are selected through a juried process. The jury is anonymous.
  • In the event that there is more than one recipient, the award will be equally divided.
  • Applicants must be supporters of Storytelling Toronto and/or members of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada
  • The Alice Kane Award will not be awarded for activities already completed.
  • Applications must be received by Storytelling Toronto by February 28, 2018
  • Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision by mid-March 2018.
  • The recipient(s) will be officially announced at the launch of the 2018 Toronto Storytelling Festival.

Expectations of the Recipient(s):

Within three (3) months of completion of the activity, the recipient(s) is/are required to submit to Storytelling Toronto an article of publishable quality describing their work. This article will be published in Pippin: The Newsletter of Storytelling Toronto, and Le Raconteur, the newsletter of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada.

The recipient(s) is/are encouraged to make a public presentation relating to their activity within the year. Suggested venues include the annual Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada conference, storytelling festivals, local gatherings, or a house concert.

Download an application:  Alice Kane Award

The Anne Smythe Travel Grant

The Anne Smythe Travel Grant is $500 award presented by Storytelling Toronto in the memory of Anne Smythe, an active and well-loved member of the storytelling community. As a teller and author, she believed strongly in the value of travel and adventure in the development of a storyteller’s art.

The award is designed to support the work of an active storyteller through the provision of funding to support travel expenses related to a storytelling project.

  • The recipient(s) is/are selected through a juried process. The jury is anonymous.
  • Applicants must be supporters of Storytelling Toronto and/or members of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada
  • The Alice Smythe Travel Grant will not be awarded for travel already completed.
  • Applicants should are required to include in the application a description of travel plans and budget, as well as how the proposed trip will enhance your storytelling work. The purpose for travel could include research, mentoring, participation in conferences and festivals.
  • Applications must be received by Storytelling Toronto by February 28, 2018
  • Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision by mid-March 2018.
  • The recipient(s) will be officially announced at the launch of the 2018 Toronto Storytelling Festival.

Expectations of the Recipient(s):

Within three (3) months of completion of the activity, the recipient(s) is/are required to submit to Storytelling Toronto an article of publishable quality describing their work. This article will be published in Pippin: The Newsletter of Storytelling Toronto, and Le Raconteur, the newsletter of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada.

The recipient(s) is/are encouraged to make a public presentation relating to their activity within the year. Suggested venues include the annual Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada conference, storytelling festivals, local gatherings, or a house concert.

Download an application:  Anne Smythe Travel Award

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Alice Kane Award and the Alice Smythe Travel Award, announced at the 2017 Toronto Storytelling Festival:

Jan Andrews, winner of 2017 Alice Kane Award

Pat Bisset, winner of 2017 Anne Smythe Travel Award

Jan and Pat, Storytelling Toronto wishes you all the best in your storytelling endeavours and look forward to hearing about your projects!

Questions about applying for an award? Get in touch with us.