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Fall 2018 All-Campus Speech Contest  

Registration Deadline:

Thursday, Oct. 25 (use the form below)

Qualifying Round:

Oct. 29 - Nov. 2    Time: Center for Public Speaking regular hours    Location: KBB 200

Final Round Date

Thursday, Nov. 15     Time: 6-8 p.m.    Location: Crescent Club - Vaughn 9th Floor

Top speakers from qualifying round 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#LateNightUT!

Think Late Night shows! Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Colbert, Conan O'Brien, etc. Speakers can talk about anything that may not be appropriate in the "daytime." This could be anything that may be bordering on explicit or just controversial.    

  • “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”– Jon Stewart
  • “I became a chameleon. My color didn't change. But I could change your perception of my color.” – Trevor Noah
  • “Contrary to what people may say, there’s no upper limit on stupidity.” – Stephen Colbert
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 #LateNightUT!
  • 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.; KBB 200) 

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 Meredith Clements, assistant professor of speech, at