How to Enter

Adjudication Process

Our panel of highly qualified and independent judges will adjudicate the materials. Students of the judges or anyone affiliated with the judges are not allowed to enter the competition. Communication with the adjudicator(s) by and/or on the part of Entrants, Associates, teachers, coaches, or parents prior to and during the adjudication process is prohibited. Decisions are final and cannot be appealed; adjudication comments will not be disclosed.

“Speech is power:
speech is to persuade,
to convert, to compel.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Entries will be evaluated by the following criteria, on a scale from one to ten. In the matter of duologues and groups, each Entrant will be assessed individually, and then those scores averaged for a final score.

1 - 2 3 - 4 5 6 - 7 8 - 9 10
Unsatisfactory Needs improvement Satisfactory Good Excellent Outstanding


Physical Presence Confidence, connection to audience, personality
Eye Contact Body Language Poise Command


Voice Authentic vocal variety, vocal flexibility
Volume Pace & Rhythm Articulation Intonation


Artistry Performance choices, emotional and intellectual content and application, language
Interpretation Difficulty Appreciation Delivery


Text Honouring the written word, sharing the spoken thought
Words Added Omitted Mispronounced Personal Connection


Overall Performance Considered an aesthetic recognition of the sum being greater than the parts
1 - 5 6 - 7 8 - 9 10

From the adjudicated submissions, Winners will be chosen to perform at the Showcase. They should plan on arriving at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Showcase. Information packages will be provided to Winners in advance of travel.