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Welcome to the organiser hub for the IPSC 2021


IPSC 2021

We are delighted to announce that the finals of the International Public Speaking Competition will take place online from 10-14 May 2021. We hope that the event will feature the same celebration of young people’s voices, world-class competition and global cultural exchange as in years where we have been able to welcome you to London.

If you have any questions, please contact the competition organisers at

Thank you for your ongoing support of the ESU International Public Speaking Competition.

IPSC National Competition Registration Form

In order to take part in the IPSC, you must register your national competition using the form below, by Monday, 1 March 2021.

Registration form


Once you have held your national final, national champions then need to be registered for the IPSC itself. The deadline for this information is Friday, April 2 2021.

Once you have picked your national champion they should enter their details here.

– Participant Registration Form

The themes for 2021

As normal, there are two themes: the theme for national competitions and the theme for the international competition.

This year’s theme for national competitions is ‘The best route to change engages all voices’ and may be used for national public speaking competitions.

This year’s theme for the prepared speech heats of the international competition is ‘The world is bigger and smaller than it’s ever been’. Those advancing to the IPSC final will be asked to give their speech on ‘The best route to change engages all voices’.

The dates

The IPSC programme will run from Monday, 10 May 2021 to the evening of Friday, 14 May 2021.

The deadline for submitting preliminary registration forms is Monday, 1 March 2021. The preliminary registration forms should be completed by national competition organisers. The deadline for submitting participant registration forms is Friday, 2 April 2021. Information forms should be completed by participants. The deadline for paying the IPSC subscription fee is Monday, 1 March 2021.

The IPSC subscription fee

For 2021 the IPSC subscription fee for international ESUs is included in the ICM subscription. We do not therefore need a separate fee payment from these national organisers.

For other partner organisations who are national organisers the IPSC subscription fee for 2021 is a reduced GBP £250.

To pay the subscription fee, please use our online payment form.

To pay the subscription fee, please use our online payment form.

The programme

The 2021 IPSC will necessarily have a curtailed programme of events given the digital nature of the proceedings.

The finals heats will take place on Wednesday, 12 May, and the grand final will take place on Friday, 14 May. There will also be some events promoting cultural exchange and exploration on Monday and Tuesday, with details to be announced closer to the time.

Competition rules

For logistical reasons in 2021 we will not be holding an impromptu round. Participants will be assigned to heats and give their prepared speech on the topic ‘The world is bigger and smaller than it’s ever been’. The winner of each heat will advance to the grand final.


Participants will divided into two pools based on time zones. Heats will be held on Wednesday, 12 May in two tranches so that every competitor is speaking at a reasonable time of day.

The grand final will also happen in two parts on Friday, 14 May. The first part of the final, in the earlier time zone, will see finalists from this pool celebrated and delivering their final speeches. These will be recorded by the ESU.

The second part of the final, in the later time zone, will feature the finalists from this pool speaking live, and also the earlier finalists played as-live. The judging panel will therefore be able to see all of the final speeches at one time and make their decision.


For details on registration, payments, eligibility, the competition and disqualification click the link below the image.

Further information and reading

The links below will open up downloadable links to more specific competition information, should you need it at this stage.

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