2022 Festival General Information


            Hotel -   Baltimore Sheraton Inner Harbor

            300 South Charles Street

            Baltimore, Maryland  21201

            (410) 962-8300


            Room Rates:    Single, Double - $139/night       


             Reservations:  Please access via using the 2022 Hotel link OR by direct link:                                                                          


            Reservation Cut-Off Date:  Tuesday, October 18, 2022

             Room Block:    National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference


            Registration Fees and Confirmation

             Advance  (Thru 10/12)                                           On-Site (Postmarked After 10/12)

            Member                        Non-Member                    Non- Member                Non-Member

              $285 Adult                     $325 Adult                        $ 325 Adult                    $375 Adult

              $260 Elder                    $300 Elder                         $ 275 Elder                    $325 Elder

              $125 Youth                   $125 Youth                        $125 Youth                   $125 Youth


                        * Dues for 2022 must be current to receive this rate.

            * Additonal $25 for registrations after 10/12/2022 and for on-site registrations

            * No checks accepted on-site.   

       Confirmation will be sent when you register on the NABS website at which can be used with payments via credit card, check or          money order.  Registrations received via fax require a credit card number for processing. 

     Substitution, Cancellation & Refund Policy - Substitution of registrants must be received in writing and can be made at any time.  On or before    October 12, 2022, cancellation must be received in writing and will incur a $50 cancellation fee.  Thereafter, cancellation requests will not be accepted.  There will be a $50 processing fee for each check not honored by the bank.

 On-Site Self-Parking$10/day

 NO Hotel Transportation Available from Airport

 Event Tickets - Purchases can be made on-site for all Concerts!

 -- Storytelling Concerts - $15 Adult……$5 Youth (All Concerts


Souvenir Journal --           Size - 8 ½ by 11 


      Advertisement Rates:      

                        B/W    Color                                                B/W           Color 

Back Cover   $400    $500                       Half Page            $125          $200

Inside Front   $300    $400                    Quarter Page         $75             N/A

Inside Back   $300   $400                    Business Card         $50             N/A

Full Page       $200   $300                      2 Center Pages    $500           $700


Photos in paid ad:  FREE


Celebrated Patrons:          $40 – Mother Mary Carter Smith

            $25 – Mama Linda Goss

            $15 – Linda Jenkins Brown

            $10 – Brother Blue/Hugh Morgan Hill


     Past Festival Memories Photos: $20 each


     Submission Deadline:  Ad/Patron Contract on Deadline - September 30, 2022


Vendors - Each vendor space is $350 for three full days.  The merchant contract is on the NABS website at where payment can be made or download and send with payment no later than October 12, 2022.  


Accessibility - Hotel is accessible to persons with disabilities and has several specially equipped guest rooms.  Advise Hotel of needed assistance.   If further assistance is needed, notify NABS at least two weeks in advance.


Festival And Conference Highlights

*Black Heritage Tour * Opening Gala and Mary Carter Smith Love Circle * Passing of the Cow Tail Switch * Learn the art of Black storytelling * Workshops for professional and aspiring storytellers * Master Storytellers Workshops * “In The Tradition…” Concert * Zora Neale Hurston Concert * Network with others interested in preserving the African and African American oral tradition.  *See the National Association of Black Storytellers Affiliates Showcased during Village Tellin’ *. * Appalachian Storytelling Awardees * Meet featured tellers and purchase their recordings and writings. *Visit African American Marketplace with African imports, Afro-centric wearable art, African American literature, Black art, Karamu Corner featuring  BlackStorytelling Song & Game Swap! * Conversation With The Elders * Brother Blue Circle of Elders Breakfast & Concert *, Conversation With The Elders * Our most popular Jackie Torrence Tall Tales Contest * Mama Linda Goss Wax figure unveiling! Hours and hours of Black Storytelling for story listeners.


Need More Information 

Website –

E-mail – [email protected]

Phone – (410) 947-1117 or

Festival Director Dylan Pritchett (757) 561-6658