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. 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®.

Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:


Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.



Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).


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Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.


Tall Tales

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.



Table Topics

An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.


Video Speech

A contest for undistricted clubs and provisional districts that follows the International Speech Contest rules. This contest does not advance beyond the club.

Additional Resources

Speech Contest Rulebook Changes

Find out how the Speech Contest Rulebook has changed and why each change was made. Review changes >


Speech Contest Materials

Download the materials you need to conduct speech contests. View resources >


Conducting Quality Speech Contests (PDF)

Read this guide to understand the process, rules and resources required to enhance your speech contests. Read guide >


Speech Contest Tutorials

Utilize these tutorials to help members understand the fundamental principles of speech contests. View tutorials >


Video Recording Guidelines for Online Speech Contests

Find helpful information on how to ensure all of your contestants comply with recording rules.  Read guidelines >


How to Appear Your Best Online

Consider your setting, appearance, and delivery for an effective online speech.  Read guide >



Best Practices for Online Speech Contests

Find tips and information for the logistics of your contest.

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