WHAT CONTESTS are we promoting this 2023-24 membership year?

  1. International Speech:  a 5–7-minute speech on any topic
  2. Evaluation Speech: listen to a 5–7-minute test speech and present a 2–3-minute evaluation of that speech
  3. Humorous Speech: a 5–7-minute speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close) not a monologue (series of one-liners)

WHEN are the contests scheduled?

Clubs:           September 1 – December 31

                         Contests may be held in person, online, or in a hybrid format at club’s discretion

Areas:           January 1 – February 28

                        Contests MUST BE held in hybrid format

Divisions:    March 1 – April 21

                        Contests MUST BE held in hybrid format

District:        May 17-18 at the District 84 Conference

                    Contests MUST BE held in hybrid format at the District 84 Conference

Competition begins with club contests, and winners continue competing through the Area, Division, and District levels. Winners of the District level International Speech Contest proceed to the region quarterfinal level. Following region quarterfinals, winners advance to the semifinals for a chance to take part in the World Championship of Public Speaking

WHO can compete?

  • Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests: Any member in good standing of a club in good standing
  • International Speech Contest: A member in good standing of a club in good standing who has completed at least 2 levels in the Pathways educational program or is a DTM. There is an exception for members of a newly chartered club to participate without meeting the educational requirement.

Contest Rule Book: Know the rules and plan a great contest. Here’s the link:

Scripts for the Contest Master:

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