Speech Contests

District 5 will start Humorous and  International Speech contests in Fall 2017.  The Area Contests will be scheduled between October to mid-December to give our members and clubs to prepare accordingly.  One contestant per club per category.  The winner of the Area Contests will move on to the Division Contests in Spring 2018.  The winner of the Division Contests will compete in the District Final at District 5 Spring Conference on TBD.  The winner of District 5  International Speech contest will move on to the semi-finals at the Toastmasters International Convention 2018 in Chicago, Illinois..

The winners of Area Contests 2017-2018 in District 5 are

Division Area Humorous International
Central 5
Eastern 2
Inland 10
Northern 3
Southern 1
Western 8

Please check the District Calendar for more information about the individual contests (details and contest flyers will be posted as they become available).

Speech Contest Rule Book

Toastmasters Training Videos for Speech Contest Roles and Judges


Any other Speech Contests, or speech contest-like events will NOT go beyond club level.

Questions or concerns about Speech Contest in District 5: ContestQuestion@d5tm.org

Speech Contest Kit

Soft copy download: International Speeches Contest Kit or order hard copy at the shop

Soft copy download: Humorous Speeches Contest Kit or order hard copy at the shop

Soft copy download: Evaluation Contest Kit or order hard copy at the shop

Soft copy download: Table Topics Contest Kit or order the hard copy at the shop

Soft copy download: Tall Tale Contest Kit or order the hard copy at the shop

Toastmasters speech contests have three main purposes:

  • To provide an opportunity for proficient speakers and those Toastmasters who are interested in competitive speaking to gain contest experience.
  • To provide an interesting educational program for Toastmasters and the general public (contests can create a community awareness of the opportunities in the Toastmasters program).
  • To provide an opportunity to those Toastmasters who are not participating in the the contest to learn by observing proficient speakers. They are also a great way to meet other Toastmasters outside of your club, to see the “bigger” picture and scope of Toastmasters, and above all – have fun!

Contest Rules

Each of these contests begins with competitions at the club level. Club winners compete at the local Area Contest. Area Contest winners compete at the local Division Contests. Division Contest winners compete at the District Conference.  The only contest that will go beyond the District level is the International Speech Contest.

The International Speech Contest, which must be conducted in English only, follows all rules outlined in the General Rules section of the rulebook. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. The International Speech Contest begins at the club level, and proceeds through the area, division (if applicable), district, semifinal, and International levels.  (Both semifinals and the International level are to be held at the International Convention)
  2. Every participant in the World Championship of Public Speaking must present an entirely new and different speech than given in any International Speech Contest since January 1 of that same year.

Important Notes

  1. Contest Schedules, location, contact person, and other information can be viewed on the District Calendar. Contest flyers will also be posted to the calendar as they become available.
  2. Speech contests forms and certificates are available as FREE downloads from Toastmasters International.
  3. See Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rule Book or web page for specific information on each contest and its rules and regulations.
  4. Latest changes (Announced by TI in July 2016)

Contestant Eligibility

In general, to be eligible for any contest, a contestant must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing (dues current). If a member belongs to more than one club, the member may enter the club contest for each club where he/she maintains good standing. However, a contestant may not represent more than one club at the area level, even if the clubs are in different Areas or Divisions. District officers may not compete in any contest.

For the International Speech Contest, the contestant must have completed six speech projects from the basic Communication and Leadership Program manual.


Question: What’s the judge selection procedure for Area Contests?

Answer: Every area director in District 5 are asked to contact every club in their areas to recruit judge candidates.  Every eligible member is encouraged to contact any area director to be a judge candidate directly, too.  To ensure the selection process is fair, the selection is monitored by the chief judge and the Area/Division Director.

Per the Speech Contest Rulebook Section 5:
A. At each level of a Toastmasters speech contest, a specified number of voting judges and officials are required.
2. At area contests, there shall be an equal number of voting judges from each club in the area, or a minimum of five voting judges. In addition to these voting judges, a contest chair, chief judge, tie-breaking judge, three counters, and two timers shall be appointed.

According to the above rule, the number of voting judges will need to be either an equal number of representation from each club OR a minimum of five. As long as the minimum number of judges is met, they do not have to have equal representation from each club.

Question: Should the awards be presented right after the contest?

Answer: Each contest is intended to be organized as its own entity; however, it is common practice among areas, divisions, and districts to hold contests back to back with one award ceremony at the end. This is not a violation of the rule book.

Would you like to be an Area Contest Chair?

Every Area Contest Chair will receive a *FREE* HPL manual from District 5!  If you plan to compete, you may volunteer as a contest chair for another area.  Please contact your Area Director for more details.

Last Area Contest Chair training session are offered this Fall

Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 in Annex B

Contest Chair/Judge Training Handouts

It is our goal in District 5 to provide members with resources for speech contests. Please understand that the resources provided are guidelines. The Speech Contest Rulebook is the final word and the Toastmasters International Head Quarter has the final say when it comes to clarifying speech contest rules and procedures.

Speech Contest Policy

Toastmasters International recognizes and supports the following official speech contests:

1. International 2. Evaluation 3. Humorous 4. Table Topics 5. Tall Tales

Districts must conduct the International Speech Contest. Districts may conduct up to three additional contests, which may be chosen from the list above.

District 5 will conduct Humorous and International Speech contests in 2017-2018 with the following schedule

July-Sep Club Contests (There are ~154 Clubs in District 5)
Oct-Dec Area Contests (There are 34 Areas in District 5)
Mar-Apr Division Contests (There are 6 Divisions in District 5)
District 5 Finals at the District 5 Spring Conference end of April.

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