Festival Managers

Speech Contests


This is meant ONLY for festival managers. To register your team’s entries, please visit the Contests page in the menu above.

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 Manager Instructions

SpeechWire generates schedules for each student and prints adjudicator master ballots each round with contestants pre-printed. Contest managers/hosts can enter scores as ballots are turned in, and tabulated results are reported automatically for purposes of determining advancement to the next contest level.

SpeechWire Instructions in Speech Handbook.

Materials/Evaluation Sheets

The state office sends evaluation sheets to subdistrict and district festivals. For reference, we provide the state office’s color scheme:

Photocopying Forms - Colors
CategoriesColor Paper
Group Interpretive Reading
Readers Theatre (ML)
Moments in HistoryCherry
Oratory (Persuasive ML)Pastel Blue
Play ActingCanary
Poetry ReadingLilac/Orchid
Prose ReadingPastel Blue
Public AddressSalmon
Radio News ReportingGreen
Solo ActingIvory/Cream
Special OccasionGray
Adjudicator GuidelinesTurquoise
Ballot (SpeechWire generates)White



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).

Manual Scheduling

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>