95th Annual Oratorical Contest

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • 9:00 AM – Preliminary Round of Speeches
  • 1:30 PM – Final Round of Speeches
  • Save To Calendar America/Chicago 95th Annual Oratorical Contest


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About The Contest

Held annually since 1926, the Battle of Flowers® Oratorical Contest is the oldest university and college-level competition in the state of Texas. Every year, the event awards generous monetary prizes to its five (5) top finalists and to the top three (3) university advisor’s departments.

All entries must be returned on or before November 1, 2019, 11:59 PM. Please feel free to email us with any questions or feedback. Students interested in applying should review the following important 2020 contest information.

2020 Oratorical Contest Information (PDF)

To participate in the Oratorical Contest is a prestigious honor for students, and offers a great opportunity to support our unique Texan history and culture. Our top five (5) student finalists and associated top three (3) university departments will receive the following monetary awards:

  • First Place: $5,000   Advisor’s Department: $2,500
  • Second Place: $2,500   Advisor’s Department: $1,500
  • Third Place: $1,500   Advisor’s Department: $1,000
  • Fourth Place: $1,000
  • Fifth Place: $750

The full list of benefits for student contestants and finalists, in addition to the monetary awards above are included in the 2020 Oratorical Contest Information linked above. We hope you’ll consider joining this year’s contest!

Click here to view our 2019 winners.

Watch the first place speech from our 2019 Oratorical Contest: