Speech Contests

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International Speech and Table Topics Contests!!


International Speech and Table Topics Contests will be held during February. Club level Humorous Speech and Evaluations Contests are to be held in August. Each is followed by Area Contests in the proximate month. For contest dates and details regarding  Area and Division Contests, check the Division pages. District Contests are held at the Spring District Conference; Semi-finals and the World Championships are held at the International Convention each August.


All the contest forms are now available for download!

Some forms are new for 2015-16 so Download!


Please note:
The newest Speech Contest Rulebook (Item 1171), is available, featuring speech contest rules for the International, Evaluation, Humorous, Table Topics, Tall Tales and Taped Speech Contests.


Once you click Add to Cart and Checkout, you will be able to download the files. The files will then be available in your My Account section of the Toastmasters International website.



Contest Forms including Rule Book

Contest To-Do List

Contests Without Stress in 10 Easy Steps, by Gina Tyckoson

Contest Judging Criteria for all Contests

Scripts for Contest Master & Chief Judge to Conduct Contests and Briefings

     International Speech - Table Topics - Humorous Speech - Evaluation


The following are important rule clarifications:


To judge at a Toastmasters speech contest, members must meet all eligibility requirements identified below:


    1. All judges shall be members in good standing.

    2. All judges at area, division, and district speech contests shall:

        a) Be a Toastmasters member in good standing for a minimum of six months.

        b) Have completed a minimum of six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual.

    3. All judges at the semifinals and finals for the International Speech Contest shall be at least an
       Advanced Toastmaster Bronze or Advanced Communicator Bronze and have previously judged a
       Toastmasters speech contest at the area, division, district, or semifinal level.


The chief judge should encourage all speech contest officials to view the online Speech Contest training.



Two timers are appointed by the chief judge. One is provided with a stopwatch and the other with a timing device that displays green, yellow, and red colors.


In the event of technical failure of the signal or timing equipment, a speaker is allowed 30 extra seconds of overtime before being disqualified.



The tiebreaking judge's ballot must be collected by the chief judge while the counters are collecting all other judges' ballots. In the event of a tie, the chief judge consults the tiebreaking judge's ballot.


The tied contestant who received the highest ranking on the tiebreaking judge's ballot gains the contested place. Any other tied contestants are ranked in order behind that contestant.


District 84 Contest Policies

Number of Contestants for Area and Division Contests

Areas having four or fewer clubs, the District will allow the clubs to send two contestants to the area contest.

Divisions having four or fewer areas, the District will allow the Areas to send two contestants to the division contest.


Trophy Size Recommendations

Club Trophies - maximum of 10"

Area Trophies - maximum of 12"

Division Trophies - maximum of 15"

District Trophies - maximum of 17"


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