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.

Storytelling Toronto, in partnership with 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, also offers a subsidy fund for new storytellers: The 1001 New Storytellers Fund.

Details and links to PDF application forms can be found below.

The 1001 New Storytellers Fund

The 1001 New Storytellers Fund is a project in support of new and emerging storytellers registering for courses with Storytelling Toronto. This award was established through the generosity of and in partnership with 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling.

This fund is intended to subsidize the partial cost (75%) of a student’s enrollment in one of three courses: Summer Intensive; Storytelling I: First Steps Into the Art of Storytelling; or Storytelling II: Next Steps Into the Art of Storytelling.

  • The recipients are selected through a juried process. The jury is anonymous.
  • For impartiality, all applicant names and personal information will be removed before the application is sent on to the Awards Committee; names and personal information will be kept confidential by the Storytelling Toronto Operations Manager.
  • Membership or support of Storytelling Toronto is not required.
  • Recipients of the fund will be informed via e-mail or telephone at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019 for courses in the 2019/2020 course season.

Storytelling Toronto recognizes and embraces the value that diversity brings to our organization, from the programs we run to our staff, partners, and collaborators. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Download an application: 2019 New Storytellers Application Form

If you have any trouble accessing the form please feel free to contact the office.

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 10, 2019
  • Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision by end of February, 2019.
  • The recipient(s) will be officially announced at the launch of the 2019 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 10, 2019
  • Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision by end of February, 2019
  • The recipient(s) will be officially announced at the launch of the 2019 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 2019 winners of the Alice Kane Award and the Alice Smythe Travel Award, announced at the 2019 Toronto Storytelling Festival:

Jeffrey Canton, winner of the 2019 Alice Kane Award

Deborah Dunleavy, winner of 2019 Anne Smythe Award

Jeffrey and Deborah, 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.