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Speech Contest Registration Form

Spring 2018 All-Campus Speech Contest  

Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 16 (use the form below)

Qualifying Night:

Friday, March 23   Time: 4-6 p.m.   Location:  KBB 214

Final Round Date

Friday, April 13     Time: 7-10 p.m.   Location: Crescent Club - Vaughn 9th Floor

Top speakers from Qualifying Night will advance to the Final Round. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top speakers. Participants can list this on their resumes, whether they simply participated or won a prize. (Students also get significant bragging rights in the UT community!)

Contest Theme#SpeechAfterDark 

Contestants are encouraged to compose speeches that speak about the unspeakable: the taboo, unusual, obscure or perfect for an after-hours evening event. Consider the variety of ways we view darkness, superstition and taboo topics in our everyday and academic lives. A few quotes to get your nocturnal and mysterious thoughts oozing:    

  • “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – George Lucas 
  • “It is the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” – Stephen King 
  • “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain 
Contest Criteria: 
  • Each speaker will prepare a 5–7 minute informative or persuasive speech presentation. Speeches may be on any topic that interests the speaker, so long as it is ethically in good taste and related to the theme #SpeechAfterDark
  • Speeches are scored on content, organization and delivery. This means you need a specific topic, strong thesis and clear organization throughout, as well as a dynamic and engaging delivery.  
  • Speakers may choose to use a visual aid (PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote and/or other visual enhancement tools).  
  • All delivery styles are welcome (extemporaneous, manuscript, memorized), but be aware that extemporaneous is encouraged, and judges will be looking for eye contact and audience engagement.  
  • When preparing a speech, the audience is one of the most important factors of your presentation. Make sure that your material is relevant to your audience of other UT students, faculty, staff and community members. 

Come into the Center for Public Speaking to brainstorm and rehearse anytime during business hours (Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) 

Have fun and bring your friends. There will be information available about the UT Center for Public Speaking, Speech and Debate Club, and UT Entrepreneurship Club. For more information or questions, please contact AnnMarie Coats, assistant professor of speech, at


Registration Form

Student full name: 
Student ID number: 
Email address: 
Telephone number:
Anticipated graduation year: 
Style of speech: 
Title of speech: 
Will you be using a visual aid? 
Have you had a class in public speaking? 
If so, what class? 
Who was your instructor? 
How did you hear about the speech contest? 

Instructions: You will receive a confirmation email with the guidelines for the speech contest once you register. Be sure to read the guidelines (particularly the time limits) as you prepare. Good luck!