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Definitions

For the purposes of clarity, the following terms are identified.

“The success of your presentation
will be judged not by
the knowledge you send
but by what the listener receives.”
— Lilly Walters

Associate: has the same meaning as "Travel Companion."

Competition: expressly meant to cover the portion of Magnum Opus during which Entrants submit materials for adjudication, and from which Winners are chosen.

Competition Categories: Please consult the "Categories" section under "Entries" for details.

Entrant: the person who is entering the Magnum Opus International Speech and Drama Competition.

Fees: there are two types: Entry and Showcase. The Entry Fee applies to all Entrants; the Showcase Fee applies only to Winners.

Festival: the entirety of the Magnum Opus International Speech and Drama Competition and Showcase as an event; and by extension the staff who administer and run the event.

International: regarding Entrants, is to mean outside of Canada.

Magnum Opus: the entirety of the Magnum Opus International Speech and Drama Competition and Showcase as an event; and by extension the staff who administer and run the event.

Non-Original: any material that is not wholly and personally written by the Entrant.

Original: any material that is wholly and personally written by the Entrant.

Participant: to include both Entrant and Winner, and by extension parents/guardians and Associates, where applicable.

Showcase, the: expressly meant to cover the portion of Magnum Opus at which successful entrants perform live on stage at the Venue.

Society, the: the Foresight Leadership Foundation non-profit society.

Travel Companion: any person directly associated with a Winner who is required to travel, or who chooses to travel, to the Festival.

Venue, the: the actual, but not necessarily the intended, performance space so identified by Magnum Opus where the live performances by Winners are to take place.

Winner: an Entrant whose submission is adjudicated successfully and who will move forward in the process to perform the submitted performance piece at the Winners' Showcase (includes the identified adult who may by proxy make decisions for and speak on behalf of the Winner).

Rules

It is the responsibility of all participants to read and comply with all rules governing the competition, including all rules and policies in force at the venue for the showcase if selected to perform as a Winner.

“It usually takes me more
than three weeks to prepare
a good impromptu speech.”
— Mark Twain

Any questions or matters not referred to under these Rules and Guidelines may be dealt with by the Society and decided upon by its Board of Directors. The objectives of the Society will be the basis for these decisions. The decision of the Society on all matters pertaining to the interpretation of the Rules, Guidelines and administrative procedures is final.

Magnum Opus will regularly review the rules for the Competition and present possible changes to a General Meeting of the Society. Changes that clarify wording will come into effect when passed. Changes that adversely affect Entrants whose applications are currently in process will not be enforceable until after said Entrant's application and involvement is completed.

All correspondence for matters stated above should be mailed to:

Foresight Leadership Foundation

Foresight Leadership Foundation
5635 Dunbar Street
Vancouver BC
V6N 1W5
Canada

A Note about Copyright

It is not necessary to forward original copies when submitting entries, but it is necessary to list title, author(s), publisher, and edition information on the Application form.

Unauthorized copies of copyrighted material are not permitted. Entrants attempting to use unauthorized copies of copyrighted material will be disqualified. Photocopies will not be accepted. Downloads will be accepted with proof of purchase.

Magnum Opus takes the issue of copyright infringement seriously. So, we reiterate: Entrants must submit a typed, typographically accurate copy of said material; and, Finalists must bring original publications to the Festival, as well as a typed, accurate hardcopy of the same.