Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Table Topics, Tall Tales, and International speech contests.
Competition begins with club contests, and winners continue competing through the area, division, and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.
Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:
International – conducted by District 13 Toastmasters
Contestants present a five-to seven-minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
Contestants give an impromptu speech, based on an identical topic question, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.
Tall Tales – conducted by District 13 Toastmasters in Spring 2019
Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
A contest for un-districted clubs and provisional districts that follows the International Speech Contest rules. This contest does not advance beyond the club.
Speech Contest Rule Book -updated for 2019
Explanation of Changes to Speech Contest Rule Book
Judge Eligibility Form
Speaker Eligibility Form
Contestant Profile Form
Notification of Contest Winners Form
Spring Contest Materials
International Speech Contest Kit – either buy or download free