PSA Student Political Speech Competition 2021

#UnexpectedVoices in partnership with the University of East Anglia

COVID has popped reality as we know it and 'Humanity is at crossroad' as to how we go from here.

We need young voice to shape the future!

Do you dare to speak up about your ideas for a better 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.

We invite YOU 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. 

Interested in taking part in our competition but completely new to political speech? Help is at hand.

We have handy resources and the opportunity for you to receive guidance and advice from experts in the field. If you are selected as a finalist in our competition we'll also link you up with a mentor to help you develop your speech before the final. 

For more information on how to enter click here.

Competition deadline Friday 5th February 2021. Live finals to take place Friday 12th March as part of the global celebrations for World Speech Day.



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
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
Hear the 2020 Final Speeches
Read the bios and speech summaries of last year's finalists!
Our Competition Mentors
Read the bios of the 2020 mentors!

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This competition is a collaboration between the PSA and UEA

and in association with