Tall Tales!

Who will tell the tallest tale ever told?

Here’s your chance to use your WILDEST IMAGINATION!! WOW US, ENGAGE US and most of all MAKE US LAUGH. Compete in the language of your choice: ENGLISH, PORTUGUESE and SPANISH What is a Tall Tale? A tall tale is a story that may or may not be true, but that contains details that are hard to believe. Click here to view an online workshop on Tall Tales.

Basic Rules of the Tall Tales Speech Contest

1- Time: 3-5 minutes. Speeches shall be from three to five minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than two minutes 30 seconds or more than five minutes 30 seconds. So you really have to whittle down your story to the most important points. 2- Must be an original story with original content. Best to use something that happened to you so you’re not suspected of copying an existing story. 3- ANY members (who are not District officers) in good standing can participate. The “International Speech” contest held every summer has eligibility requirements, but not the Tall Tales competition. So, every member is eligible to participate. No excuses! 4- There is no topic limitation. You can choose any topic you want your tale to be about. It just has to be original. So, no adapting from a children’s story book. 5- Humor and props may be used and are even suggested to illustrate the story. 6- Do NOT prepare a written introduction as only your name and speech title will be announced when you are introduced.

Tips to WIN a Tall Tales Speech Contest

- Have a small 10-20 second introduction to your story so that people know where you’re going with it - Plan a story plot that stays on track that people can follow - Create a build-up in your story to a climactic point - Use a TON of exaggeration that will naturally bring humor - Have pauses to give people time to laugh and breathe - Try not to yell at your audience as many of the samples have a lot of yelling - Describe details to the point where the audience has a picture in their minds of what’s happening - Include surprise twists in your story to throw the audience off guard and so that things happen that are unexpected - Tie-up your story with a final point as you would any speech - Leave ’em laughing paint a picture in our minds of a story with details so that we can picture it.

How to Participate

Each club will conduct a contest and select ONE winner The winner will then upload their video to youtube for the respective judges to select ONE FINALIST PER DIVISION. All videos must be uploaded to youtube, privately, no later than September 27. Finalists will be announced on Monday, September 30, 2019. GOOD LUCK!!