SpeechGeek Prose/Poetry Bundle
If you're searching for prose and poetry selections for UIL or NFL competition, then look no further! We've bundled three of our issues filled over a dozen short stories and collections of poetry to help you prepare for NFL supplementals or UIL competition (for our friends in Texas).
Breaking the Water By Lorraine White
“Big fish eat little fish,” expounds the narrator of White’s story. While trying to make ends meet working for a fishing company on the verge on bankruptcy, he navigates the troubled waters of his job and the birth of his second child. A detailed and heartfelt work, this story will wow audiences from start to finish.
Man of Steel By Joseph Conway
John couldn’t cry at his own wife’s funeral. Ever since that day, he’s been working on what his psychiatrist calls his “emotional circuitry.” Conway delivers an emotionally charged experience of using a second traumatic experience to get over the first and taking a life in order to get his own back.
The Shepherd of Chi-town By Doug Osgood
By nature, a street performer’s life is an act—an illusion. Osgood tells the story of a young man who was always a performer who wanted nothing more than to entertain his family. When people are laughing they don’t ask questions, they just watch. Life is his stage, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get caught in other people’s dramas.
Wolf By Sara Reinhelt
Andrew isn’t a liar—at least in his mind. He’s more of what you call a purveyor of imaginative fictions. In this thrilling drama, it’s hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction. Audiences will hope to see it again in final rounds just to figure out the twist.
Why I Tutor at the International Center By Grace Bruenderman
Award-winning poet Grace Bruenderman gives the audience a lesson in her performance piece on teaching and multiculturalism. A master of wordplay and observation, Brunderman’s poems effortlessly share while intriguing audiences.
Mixed Up by Meredith Stein
Growing up in a family of a mixed marriage often presents social and emotional challenges. When the budding relationship between a teenage girl and her best friend Marcus takes a romantic turn, mother neither accepts nor approves of the young couple. This selection suitable for middle and high school competitors explores race, relationships, and the double standards we often create.
Could’ve Been Worse by Trevor Anders
Everyone’s had a bad first date. Turns out that some folks have a lot of them. This quirky selection steers a young man through a bad first date and the ensuing aftermath. The good news is that he has a best friend who lets him know it could have been worse.
Cutting Cords by Trevor Anders
Growing Up Girl by Julia Neva
Memory Drive by Michael Hix and Will Schuster
Human beings are driven by memory--either the need to rely on it for day to day activities or to shape their personal history and identity. So what happens when our memory fails us (“Malfunction”) or is incomplete (“Ghosts”).
Most people find doctor’s offices to be the most uncomfortable place on Earth. Conversely, Mr. Ellison is quite at home among the sterile white walls and outdated copies of Redbook magazine. Guthrie’s short prose looks at why folks visit the doctor and why they keep coming back, even if there’s nothing wrong.
My Week as the Other by Isabelle Owens
Owens’ experimental work of fiction takes the form of a parent’s angry letter to her son’s high school principal. In the letter, she expresses her frustration over a classroom experiment in which her son must attempt to learn “what it is like to be a woman.” As she writes, “I just happen to believe that some things in this world are challenging enough without having a grade assigned to them.”
The Prodigy by Richard Shelton
The protagonist of Shelton’s short story is the one of the most famous people on the internet. With a bone disorder limiting his abilities to act like a normal kid, he begins to play the cello. His stellar ability to craft and share music has drawn attention from far and wide. When the music stops, he must find a new rhythm to guide his life.
Male Pregnancy by Jonathon Harper
This pair of poems from new author Jonathon Harper explores pregnancy from the perspective of the male. The choices that men can and cannot make in the process come to life through word and wit.
Redefining Romance by Sarah Carpenter
Poetry Interpretation Program Builder
For years, men held the cards when it came to expressing and pursuing love. Now it's time for the ladies to rightfully reclaim the relationship reigns.