Submit a Program Proposal for the New Story Festival

(This page is for individual, unaffiliated contributors.
If you are an organization interested in becoming a Program Partner, 
please click here instead.)

The New Story Festival is a container that you are invited to fill.  

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Do you have something you’d like to contribute to the New Story Festival? Click here to submit your program proposal for consideration. (Note: The official proposal process closed September 30, but we're happy to receive late submissions that we will consider if we have space in the program.)

Content offerings should be 30-90 minutes in length, though art installations or ongoing services (e.g. spiritual direction/personal coaching, massage, reiki, etc.) are welcome too. Bring your art, music, or poetry, lead us in a sacred ritual or spiritual practice, host a conversation, lead a workshop, or give a presentation to stretch our minds and imaginations, tell your story, or just help us play, dance, and have fun … the possibilities are endless.

We have seven primary program areas:

Act  -  positive, proactive social action aimed at making the world a better place

Connect  -  practices and spaces for healthy relating and community connection

Create  -  visual and experiential arts: installations as well as workshops and creative spaces

Deepen  -  emotional health/wholeness, contemplative spirituality, and sacred practices

Perform  -  music, film, drama, poetry, storytelling: both performances and workshops

Play  - movement, dance, yoga, games, general frivolity

Think  -  big, transformative ideas: philosophy, theology, science, history, etc.

Multiple program submissions are welcome and encouraged. Proposals will be curated and approved by our Program Team.

Contributor Benefits

Free Pass and Housing Assistance

ALL accepted presenters receive a free festival pass ($249 value). If coming from out-of-town, we will also put you in touch with other local attendees who may be able to help you find affordable accommodations.


Marketing/Promotional Opportunities

If you represent an organization or have personal work that you would like us to help promote in exchange for your program content, please contact us at to discuss the details.


A Share in Festival Ticket Sales

We ask all of our presenters to enthusiastically and repeatedly promote the festival through your own social media - and we provide a way to earn money when you do so! Once your proposal is accepted, we will provide you with a unique contributor link that offers a $20 discount to your followers and earns you $40 for every ticket sold. Get 10 people to attend and make $400. Get 25 to attend and make $1000!

Don't want to wait? Become a general affiliate promoter now and still earn $30 for every ticket you help us sell! Click here to apply.

Questions? Contact us at