U.S. Open Speech Contest

Contest Rules and Information 

  1. Participants must send their videos from Nov. 16th to Nov. 20th. All entries MUST be received by / submitted by 9 PM CST on Nov. 20th. 

  2. Participants must submit the unedited video, recorded in a single take.

  3. Participants must follow the theme of the contest. 

  4. Age Requirements and Rules: ( Click on the highlighted text for tips and suggestions ) ​

    1. Group 1: 6 to 9 years - Funny Storytelling 

    2. Group 2: 10 to 13 years - Humorous Speech

    3. Group 3: 14 to 17 years - Humorous Speech

  5. Time Requirements:

    1. Group 1 Time — 1 to 3 minutes (6 to 9 years)
      (Must speak for at least 2 minutes to qualify and will be disqualified at 3 minutes and 01 second)​​

    2. Group 2 Time — 3 to 4 minutes (10 to 13 years)                                                                                (Must speak for at least 3 minutes to qualify and will be disqualified at 4 minutes and 01 second)

    3. Group 3 Time — 3 to 4 minutes (14 to 17 years)                                                                                (Must speak for at least 3 minutes to qualify and will be disqualified at 4 minutes and 01 second)

  6. Participants must speak their first and last name, and group before they start speech.

  7. Semi finalists will be announced on Nov. 30th, and top 5 semi finalists in each category will participate in finals on Dec. 5th, 2020.

  8. Popular Choice participants will be announced on Nov.30th and Top 5 semi finalists will be competing for popular choice from Nov.30 to Dec.5. Popular Choice awards will be announced on Dec.6th 2020. 

  9. Top 5 semi finalists will be delivering (Online) live on Dec. 5th in front of judges. (Link will be emailed to participants ).They can deliver the same speech or they can change the speech topic, although the theme will remain the same. (For Group 1 speech time will be 1 to 3 mins, Group 2 and Group 3 length of the speech will be 4 to 5 mins. for final live competition) 

  10. ​Winners will be announced on Dec. 6th, 2020.

  11. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. 

  12. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category will receive certificates with their placement.

  13. The judge’s decision will be final.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can participate in the speech contest?

A. Students from anywhere in the U.S. can participate.

 

Q. Are participants provided a theme to talk about? 

A. Yes, the participants are provided the theme and MUST follow the theme to qualify for the contest.

 

Q. How do I prepare for the speech contest?

A. Please follow the details according to the age group and look up the theme for your age group and prepare accordingly. 

 

Q. How do I submit my video?

A. After your registration and payment, the team will be sending out a detailed  email on how to submit your video.

Q. What will be the judging criteria for the contest?

A. The contest will be judged based on the quality of content and how participants deliver the content, including speech title, confidence, clarity, and body language. 

 

Q. Can the participant edit the videos?

A. NO, the participants must submit the unedited video. Taken in single take.

Q. What if my video is under or over the time limit?

A. Please re-record or and make sure that the video you sent is within the time limit specified for the age group. Videos under or over the time limit may not be considered.

 

Q. How will I know if I am a semifinalist?

A. The Semi Finalist will be announced on Nov. 30th on Inspiration Masters website, Vibha Dallas website, and also be announced on the Inspiration Masters Facebook page, Vibha Dallas Facebook page and semi finalist will also be notified by email. Please be sure to provide a valid email.

 

Q. How will I know if I won the contest?

A. The winners will be announced Dec. 6th after the end of the online contest on Dec. 5th. The contest results will be on Inspiration Masters website, Vibha Dallas website, be announced on the Inspiration Masters Facebook page, Vibha Dallas Facebook page and will also be notified by email. Please be sure to provide a valid email.

Q. What if I am not able to submit my video after registering for the Online U.S. Open Speech Contest?

A.  The contest registrations are non-refundable. ( All proceeds are donated to Vibha, a non-profit organization supporting children's education.)

Still have more questions? Please send your question to inspirationmasters@gmail.com. A team member will reach out to you. Please include your phone number.

 

Organizers note:

The goal of the contest is to have the participants have a lot of fun doing their speeches and sending them out. Inspiration Masters Programs and contests are learn and have fun concept based events. A professional team of dedicated individuals who love to see our children grow and are the ones who love what they do.

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