Piece Seekers: Where To Find Great Pieces Online

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One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from new speech competitors is the familiar request of where to look for a phenomenal piece. There are the obvious recommendations: Your team’s portfolio of scripts, your local bookstore, your English teacher’s bookshelf. But in today’s tech-driven world, one of the best places to find a great piece is already right at your fingertips: the web.

Here are a few great web resources to check out if you’re looking for a piece:

Open Library
This is a great site to search if you’re looking for a prose piece or a dramatic script. Simply type in the subject, author or title you seek and you’re bound to find something useful!

Alibris
Perfect for the bargain-hunting script seeker, this inexpensive website has tons of used, new, rare, and fascinating books that could be used in speech competition. With 100 million titles to choose from, it will be hard not to find something worthwhile at Alibris.com. And, of course, the price is right.

Brooklyn Publishers
A longtime provider of popular speech pieces, Brooklyn Publishers is a great resource if you’re trying to find the right piece, even if you’re just looking for ideas for the type of piece you would like to pursue. Brookpub.com offers many 10-minute scripts, full-length plays, recently published plays and even gives you the option to read a free e-script every week.

AbeBooks
Here’s another site for new and used books. This page is easily searchable, and there are several options to choose from.

Powell's Books
This is the largest independent bookstore in the world; if you can't find the script or book you're looking for here, it's possible that it doesn't exist. Whether you are looking for a new, used or out of print selection, you're likely to discover it at Powellsbooks.com.

Where do you look for speech pieces online? Share your advice in the comments!

This list is great! Thanks. The literary nerd in me can't wait to check these sites out.

Might I also suggest roaming the library or bookstore if you have the time/patience? I found several monologues for theatre in this fashion (same concept as speech). For people who like to physically handle books this might be an option.

I usually look at on-line stuff just to get an idea of what I might want to research. Then I go to the library and chill for a few hours skimming texts. Good stuff! Nice list!

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