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Speech Contest Registration Form

All-Campus Speech Contest (Fall 2017)

Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Qualifying Week: Monday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 20

Final Round Date: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017    
Time: 5–8 p.m.     
Location: Jenkins  (11th Floor, Com1)

Rules and Guidelines

Contest Format

  • Register using the form below by the Oct.13 deadline.
  • Come into the Center for Public Speaking anytime during business hours (Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) of Qualifying Week (Oct. 16-20) to deliver your speech.
  • The Top 10 speakers from Qualifying Week will advance to the finals on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5–8 p.m. in Jenkins (11th floor, Com1).
  • 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 Criteria

  •  All-Campus Speech Contest will include a theme around which student speeches should be oriented. Contest Theme: #BeTheChange
    • Contestants are encouraged to compose speeches that help us consider the variety of ways that we promote  change (in developing and sustaining relationships, in building community, in solving problems, improving society, healing divisions, honoring diversity, upholding our Spartan values, working for social justice, etc.).
    • We know that our Spartan students are dedicated to using their knowledge to make the world a better place and we want to hear about it in these speeches! Consider how you have or could make a change, or seen others make a difference (on campus, in your student organizations, through class work, as part of volunteering, in your home, at work, on social media or anywhere else that you are active).
  • 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 can be related to the theme (#BeTheChange).
  • 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.

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:
Year in School:
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!