2022-2023 Speech Contests

District 35 Speech Contest Team

2022-23 Contests

  • Tall Tales Contest – Finals at the 2023 D35 Spring Conference
  • International Speech Contest – District Finals at the 2023 D35 Spring Conference, and advances to the Regional Quarterfinal of the World Championship of Public Speaking

Contest Formats

  • Club – Any Format – In Person, Virtual or Hybrid
  • Area – All Area Contests will be Virtual
  • Division – All Division Contests will be Hybrid
  • District – The District Contests will be Hybrid and held in conjunction
    with the 2023 D35 Spring Conference at the Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva 

Speech Contest Timeline

  • Club Contests – Prior to 1/15/2023
  • Area Contests – Between 1/16/2023 and 2/28/2023
  • Division Contests – Between 3/1/2023 and 4/15/2023
  • District Contests
    • Tall Tales – 5/5/2023
    • International – 5/6/2023

2023 Training Opportunities:


Note for Area and Division Contests:

  • Areas with 4 or fewer clubs in good standing can have 2 contestants
    from each club compete in the area contest.
  • Divisions with 4 areas or fewer can have the 2 highest-placed available
    contestants from each Area compete.
  • Areas and Divisions Qualifying for this format will be informed by the
    PQD 6 weeks prior to the start of that contest level
  • Please contact your area or division director for more details

Area, Division & District Contest Functionary Eligibility (Rule 2F Clarification per WHQ):

Any current Area, Division, Club Growth, or Program Quality Director that is running for an elected office (Division, Club Growth, Program Quality, or District Director) for the 2023-2024 Toastmasters year that starts July 1, 2023:

  1. SHOULD serve as contest chair for their own contest, this is part of the role’s responsibilities.
  2. MUST delegate ALL speaking / hosting responsibilities to their Contest Toastmaster and should not speak during the contest at any time, as any speaking could be considered an unfair advantage. Candidates for office should only speak during Candidate Corner breakouts.
  3. CANNOT take on any role in ANY contest other than being the contest chair of their own contest beyond the club level in any, area, division, or District.
  4. CAN be recognized as a visiting dignitary at any contest.
  5. Items 2 – 3 do NOT apply if you are NOT running for an elected office for the Next Toastmasters Year.