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.
Due to COVID-19 the 2021 Oratorical Contest contestants will give their speeches to the audience and judges via ZOOM. The public is invited to watch the Contest at http://bofoc2021.conferencecontent.net/
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 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’s Faculty Advisor of the top three (3) winning student contests will receive the following monetary awards:
- First Place: $2,500
- Second Place: $1,500
- Third Place: $1,000
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 next year’s contest!
- 2021 Revised Oratorical Contest Rules
- 2021 Topic Description
- 2021 Revised Rules for Applicants Selected to be Contestants
- 2021 Guidelines for a Successful Speech
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.
Click here to view our 2020 winners.
Watch the first-place speech from our 2019 Oratorical Contest: