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Speech Contests

Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics 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 international.

The Speech Contest Rulebook
Understanding the rulebook makes your participation in speech contests a positive learning experience. You can download the 2014 Speech Contest Rulebook for free or purchase a printed copy through the Toastmasters online store. Revisions made to the 2014Speech Contest Rulebook are explained here.

Check out the interactive version of the 2014 Speech Contest Rulebook.


Planning a Speech Contest
Speech contests are public events that require careful planning. Refer to Conducting Quality Speech Contests (Item 206EG) to help you prepare.

Speech Contest Materials
The Toastmasters online store has a variety of other materials — like judging forms and trophies — that you'll need to carry out a fun and professional contest. Be sure to acquire necessary materials well in advance. Free copies of speech contest materials are also available to download through the Toastmasters Online Store .

Do You Have Speech Contest Questions?
Find answers to commonly asked questions on the Speech Contest FAQs page. To ask additional questions, verify member eligibility or offer other feedback, email