SPEECH CONTEST FOR YOUNG WOMEN IN THE UK 2018
If you are a young woman living in the UK we want to give you the opportunity to share your beliefs, values and ideas on stage before an audience. We believe that this will be an educational and rewarding experience to demonstrate a high level of eloquence, grasp relevant content and step out of your comfort zone.
There is a monetary prize for first, second and third places as well as the opportunity for the winning candidate to present her speech at WFWP UK conferences which include locations like the House of Commons and our annual conference in Europe. We are an organisation that has been continuously dedicated to the education of young adults for more than two decades, and our efforts have been recognized by the United Nations through the honour of General Consultative Status of ECOSOC and DPI Associates’ position.
We welcome you to take part! WHO CAN ENTER?
Young women between the ages of 18-39 who reside in the UK (with appropriate visa/citizenship).
Please ensure you have read the Application details.
Deadline: 31st July 2018 (before midnight)
Prize: £300 prize for the winner, £200 for the 2nd place and £100 for the 3rd place, who will be chosen amongst 7 finalists on Saturday 15th September 2018.
The winner will be invited to subsequent public meetings and events organized by WFWP UK throughout the next year and on a few occasions, such as at our usual conference at the House of Lords, she will be offered a chance to perform her speech. (This is not an obligation). All the finalists’ transport fare will be covered.
To prepare and present your own speech on the theme of The Legacy of Women in a Transitional World.
If you are selected as one of the 7 finalists your speech will be presented at the Speech Contest Final in front of an audience and judges on Saturday 15th September 2018 at a venue in London.
Speech Length 8 – 10 minutes. Speeches that are too long or too short will be penalised and may be disqualified.
Notes and Aids
The finalists may use notes but must not read from a prepared text.
Audio or visual aids will not be allowed.
The use of props and theatrical performance techniques will not influence the evaluation
of the speech.
Question & Answer
After the speech, the finalists will be questioned by the Judges on the content of their speech. Answers will be taken into consideration as a part of evaluation (approx. 3-5 minutes).
See Application details below for the Judging criteria and the schedule post-submission.
Method of application: Submit your own written composition under the theme
“The Legacy of Women in a Transitional World” by email only.
Adopt your own title in your composition in relation to this theme.
Write at the end of your composition the following information:
(1) Your name in full
(2) Date of birth
(3) Home telephone/Mobile number
(4) Email address
(5) Home address
(6) Emergency contact (name, telephone, email address)
Write in A4 size, portrait orientation, within 1000 English words.
The applicant should speak based on this composition, and is NOT allowed to read it out, but may look at notes.
Shortlisted applicants will undergo a telephone interview which will be recorded and evaluated, resulting in the selection of 7 finalists. This will be conducted in the second week of August. The result will be communicated to all candidates by 18th August at the latest. All the chosen candidates are invited to the rehearsal on 1st September.
The Speech Contest Final is on Saturday 15th September 2018.
Speaking Skills: Fluency
Naturalness of delivery
Content: Clarity of argument
Structure and flow of discourse
Presentation Skills: Delivery
Connection with audience
Answering questions: Accuracy
Appropriateness of language
Relevance to questions