Story Forms™: Share your 2-minute tales

Live Event: Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. CT

Story Forms™ curates a collection of storytellers that blends personal narratives with a music and sound underscore. Hosts and MPR reporters Annie Baxter and Curtis Gilbert will explore the different ways people experience December by looking at the intersection between the holidays and mental health, with tales providing heartfelt insights to comic reprieve.

Story Forms™ is produced in collaboration with Healthy States.

This event is in the UBS Forum. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or at 1-800-838-3006.

Share your story

Share your 2-minute tale for Story Forms

What’s on your mind about the holidays?

This time of year can have an effect on our mental health. Help us shape our new Story Forms initiative when you share your perspective on the intersection of mental health and the holiday season. Holidays on our Minds, the first program in the Story Forms series, explores this intersection.

Minnesota Public Radio is looking for a 2-Minute Tale, a short video featuring your true, personal narrative about the intersection between stress, mental health, and the holidays (Thanksgiving through New Year's).

Your 2-Minute Tale can be serious, humorous, heartfelt or silly - as long as it is true, focused on your own personal experiences, and 2 minutes or less in length.

• Use your mobile device to capture a your story over the dinner table or any place that inspires you to tell a tale.
• Upload your video online to a service like YouTube or Vimeo.
• Then use the form below to submit a link to your video.

A selection of these submitted 2-Minute Tales may be used as part of the Story Forms show on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. A collection of 2-Minute Tales may be archived on the Story Forms webpage for public access.

Questions? Review our FAQ (below) for more details.

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You must be 13 or older to submit information to Minnesota Public Radio. By filling out this form, you give Minnesota Public Radio producers permission to contact you regarding your submission. You give MPR producers rights to share, broadcast, or otherwise display your submission in any format. Your submission may be edited for length, clarity, or to comply with on air or editorial standards if used for broadcast. For more information, see Minnesota Public Radio's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

2-Minute Tales FAQ

What is a 2-minute tale?
A 2-minute tale is a short (under two minutes), true, video-recorded personal narrative about the intersection between stress, mental health, and the holidays. Your 2-Minute Tale should be a story that is based on your own personal observations and personal insights. Political commentary will not be accepted.

What will the tales be used for?
Some of the video submissions may be archived on the Story Forms™ webpage. Producers may show selected submissions at Story Forms™, a live Minnesota Public Radio show on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Does it have to be two minutes?
Your story can be no longer than two minutes in length.

What do you mean by "mental health"?
There are many different types of stress and mental health issues, and we're not restricting how you define it. Your story could be about something that has been clinically diagnosed (bipolar disorder, autism, clinical depression, paranoia, etc.) or it could be about a situation or condition that creates emotional stress (anxiety, grief, etc.).

Can I write something instead of upload a video?
Sorry, not at this time. All entries must be in a video format. You are not limited to using YouTube. Feel free to use Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo or any other video-uploading site you'd like.

Do the stories have to be true, or can I make one up?
The story must be about your own experiences, and may not focus on other people. If you mention others, be sure that they are not personally identifiable.

How creative can I be?
2-Minute Tales do not have to be (and are not expected to be) videos with high-quality production. That said, if you'd like to add music (with rights permissions) or other sound enhancements to your video, that is acceptable, but certainly not required.

Can I tell a story with someone?
Yes. Two people talking to each other, telling a story together or interviewing one another is an acceptable form.

What should I use to record my story?
Use whatever recording device you have – even if it is low-tech. These videos are not expected to be top-notch quality. Use your phone, a computer, a video camera. You can use anything you want as long as it records video and we can clearly hear your story.

Can my story be funny, or are only serious stories allowed?
You can submit a story that evokes any emotion. Heartfelt stories are desired. Sweetness, sadness and silliness are all relevant expressions. Just remember to keep the focus on your experiences, and don't include information that allows other people to be identified.

What about profanity?
Profanity does not disqualify; however, stories that include profanity will not be broadcast. Judgments of appropriate use will be an editorial decision.