2018 Oratory Contest Sample Letter/E-mail


The following text can be used as a letter or e-mail promoting your contest. Letters and e-mails can be sent to your own membership list, teachers, pastors, youth group leaders and used as messages through social networking profiles. Feel free to edit it as you wish and customize it to the audience receiving it.


Dear ________,

I am writing to share with you an exciting program we have to reach out to youth in ________ County. Every year, ________ Right to Life sponsors an oratory contest for high school students. This event involves researching, writing and presenting a speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, stem cell research or cloning. Our contest will be held this year at ________.

Students receive several benefits from participating in our oratory contest. In addition to building confidence in their public speaking abilities, students gain experience with critical thinking and constructing persuasive arguments. Most importantly, they learn how to engage others in constructive discussion about life and death issues.

Along with the educational benefits, the top three contest winners receive prizes and our first place winner will advance to the state contest sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan in May. In June, the state winner will compete with elite teens from across the country at the National Right to Life Committee oratory contest in Kansas.

Please encourage involvement in this wonderful opportunity. After receiving a student's application form we will contact them to provide contest rules and further details. The materials enclosed will help you promote this event. I am also available to make brief presentations to classrooms, youth groups or any other gathering and would be happy to set up a time to do so. Please contact me at ________ if you have questions about our program.


________, ________ Right to Life

Oratory Contest Information

arrow Results and winner speech

arrow Past state and national winners

arrow Oratory homepage

2018 Contest Rules and Forms for Affiliates:

arrow Oratory contest instructions and frequently asked questions - PDF

arrow Affiliate contest sponsorship form - PDF

arrow Student application form - PDF

arrow Sample judge ballot - PDF

arrow Promotional flyer - PDF

arrow Sample promotional letter - HTML


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