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2024 ODF ASL Poetry and ASL Story Contest Information (1 of 4)

Ontario Deaf Foundation (ODF) is pleased to announce an ASL Poetry and ASL Story contest for Deaf high school students in the province of Ontario.

Contest Entry Deadline:
April 30, 2024, 8:00 pm ET
Contest Categories:
ASL poetry — ASL/Deaf experiences
ASL story — ASL/Deaf experiences
Prize in each category:
1st place — $300
2nd place — $200
3rd place — $100
Maximum number of entries:
One (1) in each category
Format of entries:
MP4 (mpeg-4) file
Length of entries:
ASL poetry — between 30 seconds and 2 minutes
ASL story — between 2 and 4 minutes
Entrant eligibility:
Deaf high school students enrolled in Ontario
Audience:
School-appropriate
Entries will be submitted to:
aslcontest@ontariodeaffoundation.com
Winners to be announced on:
Samuel Greene Day, June 11, 2024

Applicants are required to:

  1. Submit their own original ASL poem or ASL story, recorded at a normal speed, as an MP4 file format and a signed consent form available at:
  2. Use WeTransfer or another large file transfer service to submit entries to:
  3. Use a solid royal blue background.
  4. Wear appropriate clothing (e.g., clothing consisting of one or two contrasting skin-tone colours compatible with a solid royal blue background).
  5. Not use props or special effects.

Important Contest Details:

Video entries must be accompanied by a signed consent form. If not, the entries will not be considered.

Entries in the ASL Poetry or ASL Story contests will be evaluated according to the published criteria on ODF’s website (see below).

Any entry less than the minimum length of time or exceeding the maximum of time will be disqualified.

Late entries will not be accepted.


2024 ODF ASL Poetry Rhymes, Criteria, and Recommended Resource (2 of 4)

ASL Poetry: Rhymes

One of the three following genres for the contest should be selected:

  1. Handshape-based (See Valli’s ASL poem, “Cow and Rooster” as an example.)
  2. Palm orientation based (See Valli’s ASL poem, “At the Park” as an example.)
  3. Location-based (See Valli’s ASL poem, “Deaf World” as an example.)

ASL Poetry: Criteria

Your ASL poem should include ASL/Deaf experiences as the theme and the following criteria:

  1. ASL Content:
    • how you choose and connect your ideas and information to create meaning in your ASL poem
  2. ASL Language:
    • how you choose and connect ASL words and ASL classifiers to create meaning and movement in your ASL poem
  3. Organization and Expression:
    • how you develop and connect your ideas and information to create unity of your ASL poem
  4. ASL Form and Structure:
    • how you use line and stanza length and enjambment (one line of a poem to the next) to create segments of your ASL poem
    • how you use handshape(s), location(s), movement(s), and non-manual markers to create unity of meaning throughout the segments of your ASL poem
  5. ASL Conventions:
    • how you use ASL conventions to express your ideas and information in your ASL poem
  6. Style:
    • how you create and use meter and rhyme in your ASL poem
    • how you creatively use ASL grammatical structures in your ASL poem that follow or do not follow ASL conventions
  7. ASL Theme:
    • how your ASL poem tells about the subject of ASL/Deaf experiences
  8. ASL Cultural Context:
    • how your ASL poem tells about ASL language, Deaf culture, or Deaf life
  9. Impact:
    • how your ASL poem makes an impact or impression on your audience
  10. Originality:
    • how original are your ideas and information and your point of view

Recommended Resource

This video contains the selected ASL works by Clayton Valli, including “Cow and Rooster,” “At the Park,” and “Deaf World.”

Check with your ASL teacher for the availability of this video at your school.

You may purchase the video from Dawn Sign Press or rent it on Vimeo. For information, the links are:

https://www.dawnsign.com/products/details/aslpoetry- selected-works-of-clayton-valli

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/aslpoetry

ASL Poetry

2024 ODF ASL Story Criteria (3 of 4)

Your ASL story should include ASL/Deaf experiences as the theme and the following criteria:

  1. ASL Content:
    • how you choose and connect your ideas and information to create meaning in your ASL story
  2. ASL Language:
    • how you choose and connect ASL words and ASL classifiers to create effects in your story
  3. ASL Conventions:
    • how you use ASL conventions to express your ideas and information in your story
  4. Organization and Expression:
    • how you use ASL discourse forms to organize and express your ideas and information in your story
  5. ASL Theme:
    • how your story tells about the subject of ASL/Deaf experiences
  6. ASL Cultural Context:
    • how your story tells about ASL language, Deaf culture, or Deaf life
  7. Impact:
    • how your story makes an impact or impression on your audience
  8. Originality:
    • how original are your ideas and information and your point of view

2024 ASL Contest Consent Form (4 of 4)

Download Video Constent and Release Form