Missouri Liar’s Contest: 2018 Official Rules

2018 MO-Tell Liars Contest – Oral

MO-Tell 2018 Liars Contest – Written

State Park Tellers Needed

MO-TELL is fortunate to be able to provide tellers in our Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites for Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019.  Whether or not you have told in the program, you are invited to sign up for the coming seasons.  We are privileged to have another grant allowing us to send six tellers to six sites each of the two seasons. MO-TELL will provide $250 for each gig. If you are interested in applying, please contact Larry Brown at [email protected] by March 18, 2018.

Schedule for Saturday July 15

Events for Saturday July 15 at The Woodneath Library Center

9:30AM – 11:00AM Introduction to Storytelling with Joyce Slater and Sue Hinkel. Join veteran storytellers Joyce Slater and Sue Hinkel for this interactive workshop which will introduce you to the basics of storytelling. How do you find good stories to tell? How do you get started telling your stories in live performance? If you’ve already started telling stories, what’s the next step you can take to improve your storytelling? Joyce and Sue will answer these questions and many more in this 90-minute workshop (sponsored by MO-TELL).

11:00AM – 12:00PM Open Mic Story Swap  Come and share a story (8 minutes or less) in a safe, supportive environment. No prior storytelling experience necessary (sponsored by MO-TELL).

12:00PM – 1:30PM Showing and Telling: An Advanced Workshop for Writers and Storytellers with Anthony Clark Agents and editors frequently advise writers to show and not tell, but every story has “told” parts and “shown” parts. How do you decide which parts to tell in summary form and which to dramatize? Writer and Storyteller Anthony Clark facilitates this 90-minute workshop which focuses on story telling versus story showing. Learn some tips for dramatizing your story, and for deciding which parts to dramatize. Also, learn how story “showing” applies to storytellers.  (Designed for experienced writers and storytellers but beginners are also welcome.)

2:00PM – 4:15PM Finals of the Missouri State Liars Contest Come cheer on your favorite liars as they compete for cash prizes and title of Best Liar in the Show-Me State for 2017. For contest details visit www.mo-tell.org<http://www.mo-tell.org>.

Location of events:

Woodneath Library Center

8900 NE Flintlock Road

Kansas City, MO 64157 Phone: 816.883.4900 Mon – Thur 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5 Get Directions

MO State Liars Contest 2017

See attached guidelines and registration forms.

Note that this year there is an Oral AND a Written Category!

Please pass on this information to all your interested storytellers and writers!

The-Missouri-State-Liars-Contest-2017-Rules-and-Registration-Form–Written Category

The-Missouri-State-Liars-Contest-2017-Rules-and-Registration-Form–Oral Category



MO State Liar’s Contest Winners!

Drum roll please….announcing the winners of the second annual Missouri State Liar’s Contest!

Big thanks to organizer Anthony Clark and also to the Columbia Public Library for hosting this event.

1st Place: Carol Kariotis

2nd Place: Ken Wolfe

3rd Place: Larry Brown


Congrats to all the participants, it was a great concert!


Lee Giezentanner –    My Dog Billy

Gary Kuntz –                MG Midget

Rosie Cutrer –              Scooter

Pablo Baum –               Southern Missouri’s Stupidest Burglars

Carol Kariotis –             On the Farm

Michael Bennett –         Bibles over Baltimore

Rolland Love –             Dead Man Bloating

Ken Wolfe –                 My Cweation

Linda Kuntz –               Camping

Larry Brown –             Schwinn Rider in the Sky

Linda Bennett –           The Art of War


Workshop with Anthony Clark, July 16

Saturday, July 16
Story Crafting 101: Create a Blueprint for Your Short Story or Novel
2-4 p.m.
Friends Room, 100 West Broadway, Columbia MO
Writer and storyteller Anthony Clark will help participants develop a firm understanding of story structure and guide them through the process of developing a blueprint for a new story or one in progress. You’ll also learn other about other fundamentals to have in place before launching into the first draft of your piece. Clark has been writing and performing stories for many years. He’s written books in numerous genres like sci-fi, horror, thriller, western, children’s and nonfiction, including his most recent book “The Everything© STEM Handbook,” co-written with his wife Rihab Sawah. His upcoming middle-grade novel, “Dragon Sight,” is scheduled for release this fall. Co-sponsored by MO-Tell, dedicated to promoting storytelling in the state of Missouri. Adults and teens. Please register for this free workshop by calling the Columbia Public Library at 573-443-3161 during business hours.

Can’t make it to the NSN Conference?

Come here some stories with Linda Gorham at the Columbia Public Library, 100 West Broadway.

Thursday, July 21
Storyteller Linda Gorham
9:30-10 a.m. OR 2-2:30 p.m. OR 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
With humor, movement and zaniness, Linda Gorham pulls audiences in to her imaginative multicultural folktales updated with attitude. Be prepared to get involved in these active tales. You may be inspired, relive a memory or learn something new. Gorham is the recipient of the Distinguished National Service Award from the National Storytelling Network 2016. Families, recommended ages 4 and older.

State Park Tellers

Again for 2016/17 MO-TELL is looking for tellers to provide stories for Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites. We are privileged to have an additional grant for this Fall and next Spring/Summer allowing us to send six tellers to six sites each of the two seasons. MO-TELL will provide $250 for each gig. If you are interested in applying, please contact Larry Brown at [email protected] by May 9.

2016 MO State Liars Contest

This year the MO State Liar’s Contest will be held at the Columbia Public Library in Columbia Mo on Saturday, July 16th 10:00am.  See attached information about entering.  There is also an attached flyer.  Please share with  interested folks! A huge thanks to Anthony Clark for organizing this event for the second year.


The Missouri State Liars Contest 2016 — Rules and Registration Form

MO-TELL’s Happenings

As we approach the end of 2015, here is a brief report of our Missouri Storytelling (MO-TELL) activities plans. Five tellers told in five State Park/Historical Sites with approximately 300 total in the audiences; thank you to all who contributed. The first Annual Missouri State Liars Contest was a great success! We are still looking for new members; remember that as a MO-TELL member you can receive 10% reduction in your NSN membership fee. For 2016, we are looking for someone who could organize/supervise our social media presence. Please send us your storytelling news and announcements. We are considering a MO-TELL sponsored Tellabration event for 2016; are you interested?

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