98th Annual Oratorical Contest

Contest History

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

Entry for the 2023 contest approaching.

Check back here for updates on and applications for the 2023 contest. Please feel free to email us with any questions in the meantime.

To participate in the Oratorical Contest is a prestigious honor for students, and offers a great opportunity to celebrate the unique history and culture of Texas. Our top five (5) student finalists receive the following monetary awards:

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

The university department of each of the top three winning students’ Faculty Advisor will receive the following monetary awards:

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $500

Click here to view the full list of benefits for student contestants and finalists, in addition to the monetary awards above. We hope you’ll consider joining us for 2023 contest!

Donate

Your support of our contest enables the significant prize money made available to winning students. Please email here to get information on how to donate.


Past Contests

Click here to view our 2022 winners.


Watch the first-place speech from our 2022 Oratorical Contest