College orators have only three weeks to submit proposed passages for the annual Boylston speaking contest, Theodore Spencer, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, announced last night.
Ten finalists, to be chosen at a preliminary reading on March 9, will compete on March 23 for $175 in prizes. Two first awards of $50 will be given, while three runners-up draw down $25 each.
Names of passages, which speakers must deliver by memory, must be submitted for approval to Professor Spencer at Warren House 3 by February 27.
Last year's winners selected modern poets for their entries, but prose is acceptable. Judges for the contest include Lewis Perry, former headmaster of Exeter Academy; Walter D. Edmonds '26, novelist; and Major General Sherman Miles, U.S.A. (Ret.). Charles Townsend Copeland '82, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, emeritus, will be an honorary judge.