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The J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Award will be presented in 2024, 

with an announcement of the recipient in November 2023.

This grant provides $1,500 to a storyteller of major and unique performing talent

who has not yet received wide public recognition.

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 20, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Criteria for Recipients

  1. You should not yet have received national public recognition (such as being featured at major festivals or theaters).

  2. Your professional storytelling career should be at an early stage, though you should already show a distinctive voice and style.

  3. Your current performances should reflect exceptional talent and potential for development.

  4. You should have a clear awareness of how you need to improve your skills and a plan for using the award funds to accomplish this.

  5. You should intend eventually to gain a significant part of your annual income from professional storytelling performance.

What the award will and will not fund:

The award may be used only to pay for activities that will advance your storytelling skills: for instance, workshops, specific courses of study, coaching or work with a director, mentoring by senior tellers, relevant conference attendance, and other forms of training.

Awards cannot be applied to research, marketing, promotional materials, recordings, props, costumes, etc.

  1. Your complete contact information

  2. Your resume (no more than two pages)

  3. Links to samples of your work

  4. Answers to several short essay questions

  5. Three letters of recommendation:

We strongly recommend that you peruse the full application before you begin and then compose the final texts of your answers before pasting them into the application form. You cannot save the application and return to finish later.

Questions may be directed to Sue Kessler, ASST Executive Director at

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