Thanks for considering submitting to the 2021 Flyover Comedy Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. Below are some guidelines we need everyone to follow to ensure a smooth selection process.
Submission Dates: August 24-September 20. Note that we will not accept ANY submissions after the close of the process. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit. The sooner, the better.
Cost: Submissions are $25. The rate is the same for all submissions categories.
Categories: Submissions are divided into three categories: Standup, Improv, and Sketch/Variety. Live podcasts, storytelling shows and other concepts may be submitted to the Sketch/Variety category. If you are submitting a live podcast, you may submit audio of your favorite episode, though a video of a live show is preferred.
Video: Please send us a video of no more than 5-7 minutes of your best stand-up. Improv and sketch submissions should be no longer than 25 minutes.
Any video that is longer than our guidelines request will be immediately disqualified. These are industry standards. If your best material is contained in a video of a longer set, please send us only the portion of the video in which you want to be judged.
Any video taken prior to January 2019 will not be considered. This is so we can be assured that you aren’t sending us the same performance you’ve been doing since the Reagan Administration. Please Note: We understand a whole pandemic has happened and stage time has been limited. For this reason, we are allowing submission videos back to 2019.
Other Materials: In addition to your submission video, we will also require a headshot/press photo, a professional bio and links to all social media accounts relevant to your stand-up. Any social media accounts submitted that are not public will be rejected. All of these materials are subject for use in festival advertising and any relevant marketing material related to Flyover Comedy both prior to and after the festival. Please make sure you have copyright clearance for anything you submit.
Notification: We will notify all applicants of acceptance or rejection by October 10, 2021.
Acceptance: Stand-up comics chosen for the festival will perform several shows. If you’re accepted and have a conflict on any of the days of the festival (Nov. 11-13), please let us know as soon as possible as we might be able to schedule around your availability.
Sketch/variety shows and improv teams who are selected to perform at the festival will be offered one performance slot.
Additionally, Flyover performers will receive an artist badge giving them full access to all shows and special events. You will also receive some food throughout the fest, including dinner each night. You will not receive payment for performing.
If you are chosen to perform at the festival and need help finding inexpensive lodging, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Performers are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations unless otherwise specified.Transparency: The festival panel includes members of the Flyover Comedy Festival board and several non-comedians and people outside of the industry who bring a fresh perspective to the judging process. Each submission is graded on quality of performance. The judges’ scores are averaged, and there is a long process of whittling down the list.
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