SpeechWire is free for all subdistricts and districts, to schedule and tabulate; all festival hosts/managers must report contestants advancing to the next level. See instructions in the handbook to the right.

Speech Handbook

SpeechWire Manager

Generate contestant schedules and print adjudicator master ballots. Enter scores as ballots are turned in, with tabulated results determining advancement to the next contest level.


We offer a free online course to walk festival managers through basics of plans, preparations, and steps to run a successful contest (including step-by-step SpeechWire instructions).

The WHSFA office collates and sends evaluation sheets to all official festivals (high school subdistricts and districts; middle level 1 and 2 festivals). For reference, the color scheme is below.

speech forms inventory
Festival Materials for mailing
Categories Color Paper
Demonstration Pastel Green
Extemporaneous Pastel Gray
Farrago Pastel Goldenrod
Group Interpretive Reading Readers Theatre (ML) Pastel Salmon
Impromptu Cosmic Orange
Informative Lunar Blue
Moments in History Pulsar Pink
Oratory (Persuasive ML) Terra Green
Play Acting Pastel Canary
Poetry Reading Pastel Orchid
Prose Reading Pastel Blue
Public Address Sunburst Yellow
Radio News Reporting Pastel Green
Solo Acting Pastel Ivory
Special Occasion Cosmic Orange
Storytelling Pastel Pink
Adjudicator Guidelines Re-Entry Red
Ballot (SpeechWire generates) White

While WHSFA provides SpeechWire, free of charge, for subdistrict and district festivals, we allow subdistricts to schedule festivals manually, provided they report results at the end through SpeechWire. Here’s a downloadable/printable guide: Manual Scheduling Guide

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