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:

Speech Contest Resources


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).


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

Conducting Quality Speech Contests

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

Speech Contest Materials

Download the materials you need to conduct speech contests.

Table Topics

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

Tall Tales

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

In-Person Contests

Hosting a Successful Speech Contest

A guide for traditional face to face contests

Certificate of Appreciation
For presentation by club, area or district to persons and companies that support the Toastmasters International program.
Download Form

Online Contests

Hosting a Successful Online Contest

A guide for online contests

Online Contest Slides with Certificates​

A PowerPoint presentation to display for online contests

Zoom Contest Backgrounds


Sample Club/Area Contest Agenda

Sample Division Contest Agenda

Area/Division Contest Budgets

Contest Budgets Instructions

Area/Division Contest Budget Form

Area Contest Club Contribution Template

Miscellaneous Contest Resources

All Contest Forms in Excel

All Judges Guide and Ballots and Counters Ballot (as a Google Sheet)

Contest Organisation Runsheet

Contest Letters

The following link provides sample letters/emails to send Contest Officials, Contestants, and VIPs in the lead up to a contest.

Best Practices for Toastmasters Online Speech Contest with ZOOM

If you want to host a high-quality online speech contest as a moderator/zoom host, use these best practices and ZOOM settings to run a distraction-free contest.

Western Division Specific Information

Areas Allowed to Send Two (2) Contestants

Per General Rules for All Toastmasters Speech Contests, Section 3. Selection Sequence, Subsection B, the following areas are allowed to send two (2) highest-placed, available (and qualified) contestants from each club within that area.

Area# of clubs currently in good standing# of contestants from each Club who can compete at this Area contest# of Areas in Western Division# of contestants from each Area who can compete at the Division contest
W1141st and 2nd place51st place only
W1451st place only
W2841st and 2nd place


1st place only



1st place only