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The Storytellers

Information about the 2020 Storytellers Showcase

Given the exceptional circumstances caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the nature of the Storytellers competition, where the finalists must learn to effectively communicate their research in front of a live audience, SSHRC has decided to postpone the Storytellers Showcase that was to take place at the 2020 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The finalists will, instead, be invited to participate in the Storytellers Showcase at the 2021 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will take place from May 29 to June 4, 2021, at the University of Alberta. The Final Five winners chosen at that event will be featured at SSHRC’s Impact Awards ceremony, to be held in fall 2021.

Given the Storyteller Showcase delay to 2021, SSHRC will be skipping the 2021 edition. The 2022 edition of the competition will be launched in fall 2021.

Date published: May 6, 2020

The Storytellers


The top 25 submissions receive $3,000

The top 25 finalists attend the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for a special communications workshop and to present live at the Storytellers Showcase

The final five winners are selected at the showcase and receive an expense-paid trip to present at the SSHRC Impact Awards event.

How do I enter?

Must be a Canadian resident 19 years of age or older

Must be enrolled at a Canadian postsecondary institution

Create a three-minute video or audio clip, or 300-word text or infographic

Submit original work featuring SSHRC-funded research carried out at the institution at which you are enrolled at the time of submission

Feature your own research or a teacher’s (make sure you get permission)

Send your story by January 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. (eastern)

Read the full rules and regulations

Read the full rules and regulations 2020

Quick Tips


Ask yourself: What is the most important information people need to know about this research?

Talk to all of us

Use common language. Avoid jargon. Use analogies and images from everyday life. Come up with a short, attention-grabbing title.

Make it relatable

People (including judges!) are interested in things that affect them personally. Show and tell how this research might matter to them.

Show and tell

Think of a gripping start to your entry that will grab attention in the first few seconds or words. Use compelling visuals wherever you can.

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