Liar’s Contest

TwainFest Liars Contest
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Preregister or ask questions to John Murphy, DTM jrmmt@cox.net 

WHEN & WHERE:

10:00 am – 10:30 Check in at TwainFest Print Shop area

11:00– Preliminary Round (all participating liars required) at Print Shop

1:00 pm – Final Round on the Main Stage

 

WHO:

Any liar of either sex, age 16 years and over may compete

 

TALL TALE REQUIREMENTS

Maximum Length – 3 minutes

May be original, stolen or borrowed

Speak extemporaneously or from memory – no script or notes allowed

Decency – lying is a family affair, keep it clean or risk disqualification

Costume – wear whatever serves your tall tale but be dressed; no nudity

Props are not allowed

 

FINAL ROUND

10 finalists will appear in alphabetical order

Your tale may be recorded and published and/or shown elsewhere

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

Judges will assess your story for originality, boldness, story development, quality of presentation, and – most important – believability

Audience response will be considered by the judges

Judgements are irrevocable unless overturned by Mark Twain himself

Overtime – If you exceed 3 minutes you will be disqualified

Disqualification will be made only by unanimous decision of judges and is irrevocable

 

A FINAL ADMONITION

Though this contest may seem to be a lighthearted matter, it is in face a solemn exercise devoted to maintaining the ancient and honorable art of tall tale telling (sometimes known coarsely as lying) on the lofty plane it has attained through countless centuries of daily use; and to preserving and perfecting it to continue serving the interests of mankind, today and forevermore.  With this weighty responsibility in mind, let us proceed with decorum appropriate to this purpose