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In YACT, two series of contests are held each fall and each spring. Members may compete in the Table Topics Contest or the Humorous Speech Contest in the fall and in the Evaluation Contest or the International Speech Contest in the spring.

The purpose of a speech contest is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities, to recognize individual Toastmasters as an encouragement to all, and to provide an opportunity for all Toastmasters to learn by observing speakers who have benefited from their Toastmasters training. Each contest focuses on a particular set of skills, providing a terrific opportunity to learn about a specific area of communication. The different types of contests conducted in YACT are summarized below.

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 District Conference.

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 Competent Communication manual prior to the Club Contest (per the Speech Contest Rulebook).

See the Speech Contest Rulebook for complete eligibility requirements. An updated copy of the rulebook is sent to clubs each calendar year.  If you are unable to locate the copy sent to your club, one may be downloaded from the Toastmasters International website Speech Contest information page.  The contest rulebook is sent out the beginning of the calendar year.  Changes are made to the rulebook every year so be sure to reference the latest version.  Changes from the 2013 to the 2014 Speech Contest Rulebook are available here.

Contest Summary
The following chart summarizes some of the details about the contests held in YACT. For more information, contact your club's VP Education or the District Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training

 Humorous Table TopicsInternational Evaluation
Description Original humorous speech with theme (no acting or monologue)Organize your thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topicOriginal speech, any subjectEvaluation of test speaker
Duration 5 - 7 minutes1 - 2 minutes5 - 7 minutes2 - 3 minutes
Eligibility Requirements StandardStandardStandard plus complete 6 speeches from Competent Communicator manual prior to club contest
Dates Held    
    ClubAt least 2 weeks before area contestAt least 2 weeks before area contestAt least 2 weeks before area contestAt least 2 weeks before area contest 
    Area4 weeks before conference4 weeks before conference4 weeks before conference4 weeks before conference 
    DistrictFall ConferenceFall ConferenceSpring ConferenceSpring Conference  


Additional Contest Resources


YACT Speech contestant history

Updated: January 17, 2014

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