2016 Boylston Prizes for Elocution

Event Date: Wednesday, March 23
Event Time: 4 PM | Boylston Hall

Boylston Prize

This competition is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Harvard College. The first round will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 4pm in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall. The final will take place on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 in Sever Hall, room 113.

 The Boylston Prizes for Elocution are awarded through a competition “for the delivery of memorized selections from English, Greek, or Latin literature,” not to exceed five minutes in length. Cash prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place.

 Students interested in competing need to submit four hard copies of their selection to the English Department, in person, on or before the deadline. Submission deadline: Monday, March 21st 2016 at 4pm.

 If you have any questions about this prize and how to submit, stop by the English department in the Barker Center (M-F, 9-5pm) or contact Case Q. Kerns via email at cqkerns@fas.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-2533.

 The following are examples of submissions from past participants in the Boylston Prize Competition: Song of Myself, Walt Whitman; The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer, lines 413-480; A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf; Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson, lines 1-70; Henry V, prologue, Shakespeare; Nelly Myers, A.R. Simmons; Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln; Medea, Euripides, lines 465-498.