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Bellevue Literary Review is producing a live storytelling event in NYC this fall on the theme of “Body Politic.” We are seeking true, personal stories about the fraught intersection of the body, healthcare, and society. 

We want to hear from you! 

We encourage people of all backgrounds and ages to submit a two-minute recorded pitch below. You might not think of yourself as a storyteller right now, but you do not need any prior writing or performance experience to participate.

Tell us about a time when your body, appearance, health, or well-being:

  • changed your relationship to the world
  • changed the world’s relationship to you
  • clashed with society’s norms and laws
  • forced you to confront a system or break a rule

These stories could come from:

  • your personal world
  • your work world
  • someone else’s world or society more broadly, as you experienced it personally (how it changed you or your perspective). 

Note: The pitch does not have to be a finished piece (we'll work with you on that). We just want to get a sense of what the story is about and how the experience affected you.


If selected, you must be able to commit to:

  • working with a professional storytelling coach over the course of several months to explore, edit, and develop your story, and to prepare you for the stage;
  • a mandatory in-person rehearsal prior to the show; 
  • attending and telling your story in-person in NYC, Saturday evening, November 16, 2024.


We hope to make final decisions by mid-July. If you have any questions or are experiencing technical difficulties, please feel free to reach out to us at info@blreview.org.


Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2024

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.