Speech Contests

This page describes the Toastmasters New Zealand speech contests held each year, along with links to the Speech Contest Rules and e-learning modules for judges.

Contests held annually

  • November to March Area Table Topics, Humorous Speech, Speech Evaluation and International Speech
  • March  Division Table Topics, Humorous Speech, Speech Evaluation and International Speech
  • May   District Table Topics, Humorous Speech, Speech Evaluation and International Speech

During the months prior to these events, Clubs hold their own contests to find the most suitable contestant. The only requirement from Toastmasters International is that club contests must complete prior to the Area contests being held.

However, some Divisions have recommendations for holding contests at club level, not least to spread the judging load. Please contact your Area or Division Director for information on our Division.

The winner of the District International Speech contest represents their District at the Toastmasters International Annual Convention competing for the title of "World Champion of Public Speaking".

Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational programme. Speech contests provide an opportunity for proficient speakers to gain contest experience, and allows those not participating to learn by observing proficient speakers.

Contest Rules

A full set of contest rules and information is sent to the club president at the beginning of the Toastmasters year. If you are looking for judging forms and rules, contact your President or Area Director.

Check the Rules on the Toastmasters International website:

Gain Recognition

Officiating at a Toastmasters speech contest can earn you credits in the Competent Leadership Programme.

  • Project 6: Organisation and Delegation - Organise a Club Speech Contest
  • Project 8: Motivation - Contest Chair
  • Project 10: Team Building - Club Speech Contest Chair

Links to More Resources

Speech Contest Scripts(pdf format) (updated September 2019 for the 2019-2020 year)

Toastmasters International Speech Contests Frequently Asked Questions

Toastmasters Learning Connection Speech Contest Module

Toastmasters International Speech Contests Policy 6.0