Contests

Step up your speaking and leadership skills by participating in contests.

30,000 Members!

That’s how many members participate in speech contests all around the world in Toastmasters.

Participating in Speech Contests provides you with an opportunity to grow as a communicator by challenging you to step up every aspect of your skills. It gives you an opportunity to hone your speaking skills to a greater degree and receive recognition in front of new audiences beyond your club. It’s also a chance to introduce new people to Toastmasters, hold a special event for your club, and develop organizational skills along the way.

Contest season begins with Club Contests conducted at the club level in February. Club winners advance to the Area Contests in March, Area winners to the Division Contests in April, and Division winners compete at the District 101 District Contests during the Annual Conference in May. The winner of the International Speech contest at the District level will have their recorded speech judged at the Quarterfinals. Those winners will advance to the Toastmasters International Convention in August where they give their speech live at the Semifinals in a battle for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

Challenge yourself and others in your club and participate in the speech and evaluation contests. You’ll be glad you did!

2023 Contests

District 101 offers two different speech contests each spring. In 2022 members will compete in the International Speech and Tall Tales Contests on May 20, 2023.

 

Tall Tales

Contestants present a 3-5 minute speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.

International Speech

Contestants present a 5-7 minute speech on any subject they choose. The International Speech contest has three levels of competition beyond the District Contest: the Quarterfinals (video record of the District speech), the Semifinals, and the World Championship of Public Speaking® which occurs at the Toastmasters International Convention.

To be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual or earned certificates of completion in Levels 1 and 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience. However, a charter member of a club chartered less than one year before the club contest is permitted to compete without having completed this requirement. The club must have officially chartered before the area contest.

To be a chief judge, voting judge, or tie-breaking judge at a Toastmasters area, division, or district speech contest, the member must have completed a minimum of six speech projects in Competent Communication or have earned certificates of completion in Levels 1 and 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience.

Contest Planning

Planning your speech contest involves preparation of your contest kit. Find the contest kit (handouts), rule book, FAQ and editable script on our Contest Resources page.

All contests are being held online

NO Area or Division Contests will be held in-person this year―all will be ONLINE. Contact the contest chair or Area/Division Director for specific information. You can find their information by clicking the “More Information” link for each contest.

Online Contest Resources are available on the Contest Resources page.

Area and Division Contest Schedule

Division A
Area/DivisionWhen
Division ATBA
Area A1TBA
Area A2TBA
Area A3TBA
Area A4TBA
Division B
Area/DivisionWhen
Division BTBA
Area B1TBA
Area B2TBA
Area B3TBA
Area B4TBA
Area B5TBA
Area B6TBA
Division C
Area/DivisionWhen
Division CTBA
Area C1TBA
Area C2TBA
Area C3TBA
Area C4TBA
Area C5TBA
Area C6TBA
Division D
Area/DivisionWhen
Division D Contest
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April 12
6:00-8:30pm
Area D1/D2 Contest
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March 18
9:00-11:30am
Area D3/D4 Contest
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March 25
9:00-12:00pm
Area D5/D6 Contest
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March 22
6:00-8:00pm
Division E
Area/DivisionWhen
Division ETBA
Area E1TBA
Area E2/E5 Contest
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March 18
8:30-11:45am
Area E3TBA
Area E4TBA
Area E2/E5 Contest
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March 18
8:30-11:45am
Area E6TBA
Division G
Area/DivisionWhen
Division GTBA
Area G1TBA
Area G2TBA
Area G3TBA
Area G4TBA
Area G5TBA

District 101 Contest Finals

Past Winners

Other Possible Contests

Evaluation

Contestants observe a 5-7 minute “test speech” and then present a 2-3 minute evaluation of that test speech.

Humorous

Contestants present a 5-7 minute humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and closing), not a monologue (series of one-liners).

Tall Tales

Contestants present a 3-5 minute speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.

Table Topics

Contestants give a 1-2 minute impromptu speech based on a topic given to them when the contest chair introduces them. All contestants receive the same topic.

Questions?

Contact our Program Quality Director at quality@d101tm.org.