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.

Training | Materials | SpeechWire | Form Colors


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 the “Speech Contest Management” course to enroll).

Materials/Evaluation Sheets

The state office will send evaluation sheets to subdistrict and district festivals, unless they opt-out to photocopy their own by contacting the state office, at least one (1) month 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 is a full-service cloud-based software solution that allows festivals to schedule students and adjudicators to contest rooms, and generate schedules as well as team rosters with schedule assignments for each student. It also will print a master ballot for each adjudicator, each round — with contestants pre-printed, so the adjudicator only has to copy the score totals from each individual evaluation sheet. During the festival, the contest manager/host can enter scores for each round, and these will be reported to the state office 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. SpeechWire Instructions in Speech Handbook Instructional Course (click “Speech Contest Management” to enroll for free) While festivals are encouraged to use SpeechWire to schedule and tabulate, they are not required to; however, all festival hosts/managers must use SpeechWire at minimum to report to the State Office which contestants advanced to the next festival level.

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