Contests and Judging

Competing in a contest? Want to run a quality contest?

First step – check out the Rulebook!

The Speech Contest Rulebook, in effect from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, features speech contest rules for the International, Evaluation, Humorous, Table Topics, Tall Tales and Video Speech Contests. Not only does the rulebook tell you the rules for each contest it also has very helpful checklists for: the contest chair, chief judge and for contestants.

You can get free digital downloads of all the contest materials you need including ballots and certificates at the TI shop (click on the contests tab which is likely to be right at the bottom of your screen or just below!)

And if you want to be a great judge, or indeed learn about any of the roles to ensure a quality Speech Contest, make sure you follow the Online Judging Training.

It’s Contest Time Again – Have You Read the Changes in the Rulebook? 

Have you read the latest Speech Contest Rulebook?  Look out for the diamond in the left hand margin for any rule changes.

One change that contest chairs need to be aware of is on Page 12 regarding the Announcement of Winners.  This may be different to how your winners have been announced in the past.

  1. In contests with three or more participants. a third-place winner, a second-place winner, and a first place winner will be announced.
  2. In contests with less than three participants, a second-place winner (if applicable) and a first-place winner will be announced.

Another query that had been raised, that we have sought TI guidance on, is the ruling on Area, Division and District Judging and International Speech Contestants that states that they will:

Have completed a minimum of six speeches in the Competent Communication manual OR a minimum of two levels in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience.

TI have confirmed that:

At this time, we will accept Level 1 and Level 2 of any path or Level 1 of one path and Level 1 of another path. 

The rule is under review to be clarified in future rulebook updates. 

YOU CANNOT mix and match 6 speeches from both the CC manual and Pathways.   

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