96th Annual Oratorical Contest

Click below to see the 2021 Oratorical Contest Program

February 26, 2021


  • 9:00 AM – Preliminary Round of Speeches
  • 1:30 PM – Final Round of Speeches
  • Save To Calendar 02/26/2021 9:00 am 02/26/2021 3:00 pm America/Chicago 96th Annual Oratorical Contest


“EXTRA! EXTRA! Texas Journalists Making History.”

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.

2021 Location

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 Documents


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 2020 winners.

Watch the first-place speech from our 2019 Oratorical Contest: