Festival Managers

Speech Contests

This page is meant ONLY for festival managers. If you wish to register your team’s entries, please visit “Speech Contests” in the “Speech” menu above.

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Materials/Evaluation Sheets

The state office sends evaluation sheets to subdistrict and district festivals, unless they opt-out to photocopy their own by declining them in SpeechWire at least two weeks prior to their festival. Hosts may select their own colors, but should they wish to use the state office’s color scheme, that can be found below.

SpeechWire Festival Manager Instructions

SpeechWire allows festivals to schedule contests, and generate schedule assignments for each student. It also prints master ballots for each adjudicator, each round — with contestants pre-printed, so adjudicators copy score totals from individual evaluation sheets. Contest manager/host can enter scores as ballots are turned in, and tabulated results are reported automatically for purposes of determining advancement from subdistrict to district and from district to State. The WHSFA provides SpeechWire, free of charge, to all subdistricts and districts. Festivals are encouraged — but not required — to use SpeechWire to schedule and tabulate; however, all festival hosts/managers must use SpeechWire to report to   contestants advancing to the next festival level.

SpeechWire Instructions in Speech Handbook.


We offer a free online course that will walk festival hosts/managers through the basics of what plans, preparations, and steps they need to follow to run a successful contest (including step-by-step details on using SpeechWire). Visit: WHSFA Professional Development (click “Speech Contest Management” course to enroll).

Photocopying Forms - Colors
High School CategoriesColor PaperMiddle Level CategoriesColor Paper
ExtemporaneousTanEight Minute PersuasivePastel Blue
Four Minute InformativeCanaryFour Minute InformativeCanary
Group Interpretive ReadingSalmonMoments in HistoryCherry
ImpromptuGoldNews ReportingGreen
Moments in HistoryCherryNon-Original OratoryGold
OratoryPastel BluePlay ActingCanary
Play ActingCanaryPoetry ReadingLilac/Orchid
Poetry ReadingLilac/OrchidProse ReadingPastel Blue
Prose ReadingPastel BlueReaders TheatreSalmon
Public AddressSalmonSolo ActingIvory/Cream
Radio News ReportingGreenSpecial OccasionGray
Solo ActingIvory/CreamStorytellingPink
Special OccasionGrayAdjudicator GuidelinesTurquoise
Adjudicator GuidelinesTurquoise
Ballot (SpeechWire generates)White