Right to Life Livingston Essay and Oratory Contest rules:


  1. Eligibility: Contestants must be in grades 9-12 for the 2018/19 school year.
  2. Contestants are to research and write an original prolife   essay on the issue of abortion, cloning, euthanasia, infanticide, or embryonic stem cell research.  
  3. Essays shall be 800 – 1000 words in length, and word count must be noted on the essay.
  4. Essays must be double-spaced with pages numbered. Font size must be no smaller than 12-point.
  5. Cite any sources used.  Please do not use any artwork, pictures or plastic covers
  6. Please put name on each page and number the pages.
  7. Essays will be judged on originality, content and accuracy.
  8. Winners will be notified by April 16, 2019.


To compete in the Prolife Essay Contest:

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Mail or e-mail the cover sheet and essay by the deadline, April 5, 2019.

2019 Oratory Contest Rules and Information

  1. Enter the Livingston County RTL oratory contest by March 21, 2019
  2. Eligibility: To compete in the state and local contests, contestants must be in grades 9-12 as of February 1, 2019. *
  3. Students can only compete in one local affiliate contest in a contest year.
  4. Contestants are to research, write and present an original prolife speech on the issue of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research (including human cloning if desired). The speech should address one of these topics directly, using other topics only as support. Copyrighted speeches are not allowed. Contestants must use entirely new speeches if they compete in multiple years. Speeches must be typed in full and submitted with the contestant’s application.
  5. Because the speech is to be an oration, appropriate gestures are allowed. The style and speech type should be appropriate to the message, but the speech must not be a dramatic presentation (e.g. portrayal of a baby in the womb, short story, poem). Quotes are fine but should not dominate the speech and must be appropriately attributed. Props are not permitted.
  6. The speech should appeal to a broad audience.
  7. Speeches are to be 5 to 7 minutes in length. Penalizing speeches outside the 5 to 7 minute range is left to judges’ discretion. Speeches under 4 or over 8 minutes will be disqualified.
  8. When using facts and statistics, contestants should use current information available from reputable sources. Contestants may be penalized by judges for using inaccurate information.
  9. Judges score speakers on a 10-point scale in each of these five criteria: introduction, content, presentation, conclusion and the judges’ overall opinion.
  10. Speech content may not be significantly changed as a contestant advances, though fine-tuning for minor corrections, timing, etc. is allowed and encouraged. A copy of the winner’s speech is forwarded to the state and national levels to ensure that no major changes have been made.
  11. Memorization is not required and it is acceptable for contestants to use notes or refer to their written speeches if necessary. Though not required at the national level, most speeches are memorized.
  12. Contestants will have the option to use a podium and a microphone at the state contest if available. Microphones are generally not allowed at the national contest.

To compete in the national contest, students must be a junior or senior. If the state’s first place winner is in grade 9 or 10, he/she will win the first place prize, and the highest scoring student in grade 11 or 12 will advance to the national contest. In case of non-traditional students or home-school students, the school must recognize the student as in the equivalent grade or the year the student will enter college will be used to determine eligibility.