This contest comprises only memorized orations actually composed by the contestants and not used by them during a previous contest season. No visual aids are permitted.
Any appropriate subject may be used, but the orator must be truthful. Any non-factual reference, especially a personal one, must be so identified.
The time limit in Original Oratory is ten minutes with a 30 second “grace period.”
Not more than 150 words or the oration may be direct quotation from any other speech or writing and such quotations must be identified in a printed copy of the oration. Extensive paraphrasing from other sources is prohibited.