Storytelling school

AWC English Department Presents Digital Storytelling Contest

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) — The English Department at Arizona Western College (AWC) is holding its first-ever digital storytelling contest for students, staff, and faculty to show off their artistic talents.

Anyone who enters the contest can submit their digital stories for a chance to win a prize.

There will be three prizes of $250 for the best digital stories from students enrolled in classes for the upcoming academic semester.

An additional grand prize will be awarded.

What is included in digital storytelling is the use of visual tools based on audio, video or image to write, create and communicate a compelling story.

Competitors can use podcasts, audio stories, videos of all kinds to create short documentaries or Youtube videos or demonstrate graphic storytelling using comics, photo stories and infographics .

“Digital storytelling is unique in the way it reaches its audience through the use of an individual’s creativity, composition and digital media skills,” said Trisha Campbell, English teacher at the AWC. “We hope to strengthen the academic activities of our storytellers through scholarships and also connect the community to their work.”

Entrants must submit their digital stories by Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m. to Professor Trisha Campbell and Professor Eric Lee.

According to the AWC contest rules, content can be uploaded to SoundCloud, Vimeo, OneDrive or Google Drive and the link must be shared via email, including a title and brief synopsis.

The AWC says registration categories include:

  • STEM Stories: This category amplifies the stories of those working in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Stories of Us: This category is about stories about what makes us who we are: our identities, our place in the world, our efforts for a just society.
  • News Stories: This category focuses on the stories of those who collect, write and share today’s newsworthy stories.
  • Work Stories: This category highlights stories from the business and professional worlds told in story form.
  • Stories about anything: This “wildcard” category includes any experience, concept, event, or persuasive argument told as a story.

Winners will present their projects and receive prizes from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at the AWC Yuma campus, 2020 S. Avenue 8E.