2017 Speech Contest Call for Entries

Announcing the Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Awards for Oratory

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to invite entries in two historic speaking contests at Dartmouth College.

In May 2017, finalists will compete for the Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Awards for Oratory. One senior will win the Benjamin F. Barge award, and one junior and one sophomore will win a Class of 1866 award. Each winner will receive a cash prize, and all finalists will receive a gift certificate and a certificate of recognition.

How to Enter

To enter the contest, students should adhere closely to the following guidelines:

1. The first round will be based on a written manuscript or detailed outline of a speech designed to persuade the listeners on any topic.

2. The manuscript or outline must be accompanied by a works cited/reference page, following MLA or APA format.

3. All sources must also be orally cited in the speech.

4. When delivered, the speech should be between 5 to 6 minutes.

5. Speeches must be original works by the student.

6. Visual aids are not allowed.

Key Dates to Know

Up to six students will be selected from these submissions to present their speeches before a panel of judges. Students selected for this preliminary round will be contacted by Wednesday, March 15th and will present their speeches on Tuesday, March 28th between 4-5pm. From this preliminary round, up to four students will be selected to compete in the Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 contests on Thursday, May 18th, 4:30 - 6:45 pm, along with students who have been competitively selected from Institute for Writing and Rhetoric Speech courses.

Program for the 2017 Speech Contest

Please follow this link to view the program for the 2017 Speech Contest.