Telling a story at Confabulation Toronto

Confabulation welcomes everyone to submit a story for our upcoming shows, regardless of your experience. In fact, we encourage first time storytellers to share their stories at our shows. We will help you shape your story, and get you ready to perform it. Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below, and then submit your story!

Does my story have to be true?
Confabulation is an all-true storytelling show, where we invite you to share a story about you. So yes, it has to be a true story — true as you can tell it.

How long should my story be?
Your story should be about 7 – 10 minutes in length, which is about three pages written out. The only exception to this is our annual show The Shortest Story, where your story needs to be two minutes or less.

Do you need me to send you the full story, written out?
Yes. For us to fairly choose the right stories each month, we need to know the full story. A summary or abridged version, only gives us the idea of what the story is about, so for us to give you a fair chance, we need to read your full story.

I’m a first time storyteller, and I’ve never performed anything on stage! Can I still submit a story to one of your shows?
Absolutely! In fact, we want you to. We will pair you up with one of our producers, who will workshop with you, and help you shape your story for the show

Do you help us prepare our stories for your show?
Yes. Regardless of experience, from first time storytellers to the seasoned professionals, we pair our chosen storytellers for each show with one of our producers to help you shape it for our stage. It is a collaborative process that is designed to give you an outside ear, and provide you with useful feedback.

But I’m a professional storyteller who has performed on many stages, do I sill have to meet with one of your producers before I perform?
Yes. As a professional storyteller, you know the importance of the feedback process, and while your experience is an asset, our experience will help you prepare your story for our stage, and our audience

Do storytellers get paid to perform at Confabulation?
Yes, in return for your hard work, we offer a honorarium to each of our storytellers

Can I bring any notes with me on stage?
We want the stories you share to feel raw and organic, so we don’t want you to have any notes with you on stage.

What about props, can I bring a prop with me?
Let the audience imagine the world you create for them when sharing your story. However, sometimes we can be convinced otherwise.

I’m not from Toronto, but want to submit a story at one of your shows, is that possible?
Sure, we’d love to have you! In fact, we’ve had many people from out of town come to Toronto and share stories on our stage. Please note, that while we do pay our storytellers a small stipend, you will need to get here on your own accord.

Also, don’t forget, Confabulation has shows in Montreal and Victoria. If you’re from either city or close by, definitely check them out!

How many storytellers perform at each show?
We usually have six storytellers at each show, but there are times where we squeeze in a seventh. For The Shortest Story we have over 30 storytellers!

If you have anymore questions, please do get in touch with us, you can email us: toronto@confabulation.ca, or fill out the form here.

For now, if you’re ready, fill out the form below and send us your story! Be sure to fill it out properly, and if you did, you’ll receive a confirmation email shortly after. (Do check your Spam folder, just in case it slipped in there.)