Declamation Rules

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Declamation General Rules

These rules have been made to protect all schools and contestants.

  • A student may not perform the same poem or prose selection in both the Memory and Reading competitions, and a student may not perform the same poem or prose selection that he/she has performed in any previous year.  Failure to provide at least 2 copies of the piece to the judge will result in a 10 point deduction from the cumulative score. 
  • It is illegal for the same student to use the same piece for prose/poetry memory that he/she uses for prose/poetry reading.
  • Each school must provide an alpha list of students, including the names and authors of poetry, prose, skits, plays, duets and puppet shows.
  • Enter fifth year students in the fourth year categories.
Declamation Critique Sheets

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Poetry Memory

Poetry Reading

Prose Memory

Prose Reading

Poetry and Prose Memory

Entry Limit: Three contestants per level (except for the Advantaged level, where the limit is two contestants), per school: Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, & Adv. 

Length and Time Limits:
Level 1:  16-24 lines OR 1-2 min.  Level 2:  20-32 lines OR 1.5-2.5 min.   Levels 3 & 4:  24-46 lines OR 2-3 min.

The selection must be by a German-speaking author, i.e., originally published in German.  It may not be a translation from a non-German speaking author, even if it has been published, but it may be by a non-German who writes in German, e.g., Kishon. Piece may be edited to fit time or line limits (see above).  Prose Memory is dramatic interpretation, but without costumes and props.  The contestant may use one chair and may move during the presentation.  The title of the selection and the author must be listed along with the name of the student performing it on the alphabetical student list at the time of registration.  At least two copies of the selection must be presented to the judges at the contest.  Prose Memory selections may not be used as Prose Reading selections or vice versa by the same person.

Poetry and Prose Reading

Entry Limit: Three contestants per level, per school: Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

Length and Time Limits:
Level 1:  16-24 lines OR 1-2 min.  Level 2:  20-32 lines OR 1.5-2.5 min.        Levels 3 & 4:  24-46 lines OR 2-3 min.

The selection must be by a German-speaking author, i.e., originally published in German.  It may not be a translation from a non-German speaking author, even if it has been published, but it may be by a non-German who writes in German, e.g., Kishon. Piece may be edited to fit time or line limits (see above).  Prose Reading is judged on the basis of reading and not on any interpretation by the contestant, other than the use of voice changes, eye contact, facial expressions, and some use of hands.  No props or costumes may be used.  The contestant may not walk around.  The title of the selection and the author must be listed along with the name of the student performing it on the alphabetical student list at the time of registration.  At least two copies of the selection must be presented to the judges at the contest.  Prose Reading selections may not be used as Prose Memory selections or vice versa by the same person.