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Good afternoon Lois,

Given your organization’s passion for storytelling, we wanted to share a new contest opportunity we think your members will love. New Holland Brewing Company has announced their Share a Legend storytelling campaign to celebrate their flagship stout, Dragon’s Milk. This campaign is intended to bring people together over a cold brew and encourage storytelling as a means of connecting with one another.

The name Dragon’s Milk was inspired by a legend whereby when the knight slayed the dragon in his conquest, he would get to drink the milk as a reward. The name was inspired by a legend, and now, New Holland is hoping to inspire storytellers across the U.S. to share their personal legends.

The public is welcome to submit their legendary story for a chance at the grand prize. Five semi-finalists will have their stories put to a public vote. Stories will be accepted through November 13, 2018. One winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 to donate to one of New Holland’s pre-chosen charities.

We’d love to invite your storytelling to submit a legendary story for a chance to win this exceptional prize! Here is the link to submit a story: https://dragonsmilk.com/share-now

For any inspiration, feel free to check out our videos featuring real-life legends, the Warrior and the Poet! We would love to see members of the Michigan Storytelling family, represented in this contest. We would love if you could pass this opportunity on to your group.  


Julia Backus

Direct: 616.258.5763
Office: 616.233.0500


47 Commerce Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Detroit | New York | PROI Worldwide Partner
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Scam Alert Targeting Performers with Websites
(The company is unnamed here as there may be more than one.  Wouldn't want to have a slander problem either, but the method deserves mentioning for the safety of my fellow performers)

Storytellers and possibly other performers are being targeted by telemarketers for a digital marketing company promising website Search Engine Optimization for a low introductory price, normally $__ , but $_ to introduce their company.  Fortunately I told the caller I wanted to check online first.  I'm glad I did.
I know the company is targeting storytellers because a fellow storyteller asked about them on Facebook.  That's when I knew my being called was only one of many storytellers and performers being called about their websites. 

In case you didn't see my Facebook reply: DON'T DO IT!!! They called me. Read online reports about the company and say: No Thank You. Do Not Call Further.
LoiS(till a researcher and am learning to do it before buying)

I sent the alert to Storytell, the international email list for storytellers, and a fellow storyteller on the west coast said:
But gosh, it’s been WEEKS since they settled the Federal and New York legal cases filed against them. What could possibly be wrong?
They were accused of poor practices that were technically illegal in some jurisdictions. One of the most annoying was posting fake reviews on web sites. I know that’s been done for a long time on Amazon and other sites, but there’s actually a term for it now: it’s called “Astroturfing.” I’ve been afraid to ask why, but I assume it’s because it looks real but isn’t.

At the Folk Alliance Region West conference I’ve met a couple of people who do help performing artists do digital marketing. Legitimate ones do exist, but they’re not the ones who cold-call you, for the most part.

If anyone on the west coast needs help with their digital marketing, email me off-list, because I have a recommendation for someone who seems very knowledgeable, likes storytelling, and probably has room for new clients.