Each contestant is to prepare and deliver one 7–10-minute performance that can be
a monologue (one or multiple monologues), prose (short stories or cuttings from longer
stories), poetry /or spoken word or a combination of two or more of the genres listed.
Performances using multiple pieces should have a unifying theme, and performers can
represent one or more characters. An original introduction should be included in this
time frame. Performers are encouraged to perform from memory but are allowed to hold
a script if needed. If the performer has performed at a forensic performance competition
previously, the performer is not allowed to use the same piece that they already competed
with. If more than one selection is used, original transitions can be used as needed.
Movement is acceptable, but it should be visible within the stationary recording frame.
No props nor costumes are to be used.
Dramatic events may be ranked based on some of these considerations
Some Specifics: Performance Piece Choices, Clear Unifying Theme, Introduction, Etc.
Delivery: Strong Character Choices, Emotional Arc, Projection and Variation of Vocal Tone,
INFORMATIVE or PERSUASIVE SPEECH EVENT (Some Humor is Allowed)
Each contestant will deliver an original, factual speech fulfilling the general purpose
of informing or persuading the audience. (Humor is also allowed) Speeches should be
appropriate for a college audience and within the time limits. (Time limit 7-10 minutes)
Speakers are allowed to hold notes or perform from memory. Any information from outside
sources that are used in the speech should be accompanied with complete oral citations
that are stated at the time the information from the source is used. Visuals may or
may not be used to supplement and/or reinforce the message. If the performer has performed
at a forensic speech competition previously, the performer is not allowed to use the
same piece that they already competed with.
Speeches may be ranked based on some of these considerations
Some Specifics: Topic Choice, Audience Analysis, Language, Citations, Visuals, Etc.
Organization: Clearly Organized Introduction, Body, Conclusion, Etc.
Delivery: General Attitude, Voice, Body, Use of Notes, Etc.