PSA Student Political Speech Competition 2021

#UnexpectedVoices in partnership with the University of East Anglia

The competition is now closed for entries. Live finals to take place Monday 15th March as part of the global celebrations for World Speech Day. Click here to register for the event. 


Watch our 2021 top ten speech makers here.

Have a favourite? We're hosting a public vote to see which speech you think should win. Vote here.


"COVID has popped reality as we know it and 'Humanity is at crossroad' as to how we go from here. We need young voices to shape the future!

It is important, in a democratic society, that people can communicate what they think, want or believe. But it’s not enough simply to be able to communicate. People should put forward their views and experiences in ways that are clear, engaging and interesting so that the people listening are able to decide whether they agree or disagree. The growth of sound-bites, spin, talking points (and too many bad or dishonest speeches) has made people suspicious of public and political speeches – or just bored. Yet great speeches do more than just talk about the world. They change it by giving people new ways to think about things and good reasons to act."

Our competition invites students to put your ideas into words, words into sentences, sentences into persuasive speech.

Speeches can mobilise people to take action to create a better future. 



Meet our 2021 Finalists
We have a brilliant short-list of students this year. Read their bios and learn about their speeches.
Join our Live Finals!
Soon we'll be launching registrations for our Live Finals. Hear from Political Speech-Makers, our Judges and our winning Speech.
How The Competition Works
Our competition has two rounds, read through the Ts&Cs carefully!
How To Start?
Follow our step-by-step guide on how to write and present your speech
Our Competition Mentors & Judges
Meet the 2021 competition Mentors who will be helping our finalists develop their speeches.
Hear the 2020 Final Speeches
Read the bios and speech summaries of last year's finalists!
How To Use This Booklet
Check out the guidance by UEA students Matt and Lolly
What makes a speech political?
UEA’s Professor Alan Finlayson

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This competition is a collaboration between the PSA and UEA

and in association with