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Toastmasters International Site Resources
Speech Contest Rulebook (530k PDF) 
Eligibility Assistant (Check membership status, club status, and if a member is serving as a district officer)
Speech Contests (Toastmasters International web page)

Tutorial Videos
How to Plan a Successful Speech Contest (District 4 webinar recording)
    - Webinar presentation (PDF)
How to Judge Speech Contests (District 4 webinar recording)
    - Webinar presentation (PDF)
Speech Contest Tutorials (videos on Toastmasters International site)

District Contest Script
Speech Evaluation and International Contest Script (18k DOCX)

Contest Kits
International Contest Kit (Digital)
Evaluation Speech Contest Kit (Digital)

Contest Tools and Forms
Note that most forms are available as part of the contest kits.

Online Speech Contest Requirements - 2020 only (info on how to conduct oniine contest)
Contest Briefing Checklist (pdf)
Club Contest Planning Guide (pdf)
International Speech Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot
International Speech Contest Tiebreaking Judge's Guide and Ballot
Evaluation Contest Judges Guide and Ballot
Evaluation Contest Tiebreaking Judges Guide and Ballot
Judge's Certification of Eligibility and Code of Ethics
Speech Contest Time Record Sheet and Instructions for Timers
Counters' Tally Sheets
Speaker's Certification of Eligibility and Originality
Speech Contestant Profile
Notification of Contest Winner

Frequently Asked Questions

Do clubs need to hold a contest to send a contestant to the Area Contest?
No! If your club does not have enough interest to hold a club contest, ask for a volunteer to represent your club at the Area contest.

Who do I contact with the club winners for the Area Contest?
Email your Area Director with the completed Notification of Contest Winner.

What can cause a contestant to be disqualified?
Contestants will be disqualified if:

  • They do not maintain eligibility at all levels of any contest.
  • Their speech is not substantially original:
    • No more than 25% or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person's content.
    • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.
  • The contestant arrives after the contest Toastmaster is introduced.
  • If they do not meeting the timing requirements. Time disqualifications per contest are as follows:
    • Evaluation: < 1:30 or > than 3:30
    • International: < 4:30 or > than 7:30

How can I be a test speaker for the evaluation contest?

  • Test speakers are usually intermediate-level speaker who deliver a 5-7 minute speech towards a legacy manual or Pathways project.
  • If you are interested in this opportunity, contact your Area or Division Director to express your interest. You can also join and post to a Speakers for Stagetime group.

How are the contestants judged in each contest?
Review the Judges Guide and Ballot for each contest for the criteria used to judge each contest, found at

How do I plan a speech contest?

  • Watch the webinar recording: How to Plan a Successful Speech Contest.
  • Download the Contest Kits from

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