The Competitions

Speech Arts & Drama Competition 2019

Entry deadline: June 15, 2019.
Late entry: June 30, 2019 with an extra fee of US$100.00
Showcase date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

“There are three things
to aim at in public speaking:
first, to get into your subject, then
to get your subject into yourself,
and lastly, to get your subject
into the heart of your audience.”
— Alexander Gregg

Competition Type & Categories

Magnum Opus reserves the right to determine the scope of performance categories for each Competition. For example, one Competition may focus on speechmaking, another on poetry and prose; one may focus on classical texts while another may include all possible categories; or, new categories may be introduced. Regardless, eligible categories will be made clear in each Competition's submission guidelines.

Entrants are encouraged to choose material that challenges themselves as well as the listener. Also, they are reminded that humorous pieces are as welcome as serious ones.

Poetry

Intended to convey ideas, experiences, and emotions by way of purposely structured language. Entrants may choose any type of poetry, being sure to match performance choices to the author's intention and the poem's style.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Prose

Defined by non-metrical writing, either fiction or non-fiction, where the speaker is the narrator. The focus should be on vocal, not dramatic, performance. The selection should include narration, description, and dialogue. It should be spoken in the storytelling style, and not performed as a dramatic scene. Vocal characterization is allowed, but the quality of the prose must be maintained.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Dramatic Performance

A monologue, soliloquy, duologue, or scene (not Elizabethan or Jacobean), where speakers are characters. Entrants should approach the performance as actors: by embracing the language and deportment of the character portrayed. Selections should be judiciously edited to reflect the number of characters speaking while maintaining sense.

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Dramatic Performance (Elizabethan & Jacobean)

A period-appropriate monologue, soliloquy, duologue, or scene, where speakers are characters. Entrants should approach the performance as actors: by embracing the language and deportment of the character portrayed. Selections should be judiciously edited to reflect the number of characters speaking while maintaining sense. Material should be sourced from dramatic plays, not poetical works.

Solo

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 5 minutes
C. Intermediate 6 minutes
D. Senior 8 minutes
E. College 8 minutes
F. Adult 8 minutes

Duologue

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 4 minutes
B. Junior 6 minutes
C. Intermediate 7 minutes
D. Senior 9 minutes
E. College 9 minutes
F. Adult 9 minutes

Group

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 5 minutes
B. Junior 7 minutes
C. Intermediate 8 minutes
D. Senior 10 minutes
E. College 10 minutes
F. Adult 10 minutes

Storytelling (Original)

Considered an unpublished story written by the Entrant, delivered in a vivid style that feels extemporaneous. Themes range widely and may include, for example, mysteries, heroism, or fairy tales. Entrants are encouraged not to equate “storytelling” with immature subject matter or young audiences.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Storytelling (Non-Original)

Considered a published story not written by the Entrant, delivered in a vivid style that feels extemporaneous. Themes range widely and may include, for example, mysteries, heroism, or fairy tales. Entrants are encouraged not to equate “storytelling” with immature subject matter or young audiences.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Speech (Original: Persuasive)

Considered an unpublished discourse with the general purpose of persuasion, written by the Entrant and delivered in a style that feels extemporaneous, appropriate to the imaginary circumstances, and suitable to its specified audience.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Speech (Original: Informative or Demonstrative)

Considered an unpublished discourse with the general purpose information or demonstration, written by the Entrant and delivered in a style that feels extemporaneous, appropriate to the imaginary circumstances, and suitable to its specified audience.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Speech (Original: Entertaining)

Considered an unpublished discourse with the general purpose entertainment, written by the Entrant and delivered in a style that feels extemporaneous, appropriate to the imaginary circumstances, and suitable to its specified audience.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes

Speech (Non-Original)

Considered a published discourse from any historical period, delivered in a style that feels extemporaneous and appropriate to the original speaker's intent.

Age categories Time Limit
A. Primary 3 minutes
B. Junior 4 minutes
C. Intermediate 5 minutes
D. Senior 6 minutes
E. College 6 minutes
F. Adult 6 minutes