Primary Contact
Allan Pickering

Here are some resources for organizing and conducting a successful contest in an efficient way. If you have any questions or comments on the resources provided here, please contact District Contest Coordinator Allan Pickereing at

Speech Contest Resources


Please print out forms and send improvement ideas to!

Toastmasters International Contest Information
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Contest R

Official 2017-2018 Contest Rulebook from Toastmasters International

Official 2016-2017 Contest Rulebook from Toastmasters International

- Annual Speech Contest Rulebook Changes 2016-2017

- Guidance on Delegation of Contest Tasks *updated 7/21/15

Contest Chair Resources

Webinar - Contest Training 9/1/2016

Dignitary List - 2016-2017 *updated 4/3/27

List is updated periodically during contest season


Contest Chair Checklist
Contest Preparation Timeline

Contest Chair Briefing *updated 2/14/17

Contest Roles & Responsibilities

Contest Picture Guidelines



- Humorous and Speech Evaluation Area Contest (Fall) *updated 10/4/16
- Humorous and Speech Evaluation Division Contest (Fall) *updated 10/4/16

- International and Table Topics Area Contest (Spring 2017) *updated 2/14/17
International and Table Topics Division Contest (Spring 2017) *updated 2/14/17

Forms & Signs

- Speaker's Certification of Eligibility and Originality -
       All contestants must fill out and sign during the Contestant's Briefing 
- Speech Contestant Profile - Used for contestant interviews
- Evaluation Contestant Notes new 9/1/16

- Contest Speaking Order Evaluation Contest

- Contest Speaking Order Humorous

- Contest Speaking Order International

- Contest Speaking Order Tall Tales

- Contest Speaking Order Table Topics Contest

- Contest Sign In Sheet
- Stop Sign for Contests - Post outside doors while contest is in progress
- Direction Signs - With arrows to direct attendees to event


Contest Flyers & Agendas

- Official District and Toastmasters International Logos

- Instructions for Creating Contest Flyer *updated 1/4/17
- Instructions for Agenda Preparation

- Area Contest Agenda Template *updated 2/18/17

- Division Contest Agenda Template *updated 2/18/17



Modify samples below as needed

- Certificate Preparation & Presentation - Who provides each
- Certificate of Appreciation for Contest Judges (.doc)
- Thank You Certificate for Contest Helpers (.doc)
- Certificate of Participation International Speech Contest (.doc)

- Certificate of Participation International Speech Contest (.ppt)
- Thank You Certificate for Test Speaker (.doc)

- Thank you for providing facility (.ppt)

- Third Place Winner (.ppt)

Certificates provided by Toastmasters International (fillable PDF files)

- First Place Winner

- Second Place Winner

- Third Place Winner

- Participation


Chief Judge Resources

Chief Judge's Reference - Includes protest procedure

Chief Judge's Report
Chief Judge's Briefing

Tiebreaking Judge's Briefing


- Judge's Certification of Eligibility & Code of Ethics

- Speech Contest Time Record Sheet - Used by timers

- Speech Contest Tally Counter Sheet - Used by ballot counters 
- Notification of Contest Winners - List of winners advancing to next level
- Results Form (announcement of winners)


- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Evaluation
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Evaluation

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Humorous Speech
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Humorous Speech

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-International Speech
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-International Speech

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Tall Tales
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Tall Tales

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Table Topics
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Table Topics


More Speech Contest Information


How to Tell Tall Tales - March 2013 Toastmaster magazine

You Must Be Kidding: Tall Tales Are a Tall Order - Sept 2014 Toastmaster magazine


Links to tutorials, FAQs, and more on the Toastmasters International Website




Updated 2/18/2017

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