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The Andrina McCullough Public Speaking Competition

The 2022 Competition is open!

The Andrina McCulloch Public Speaking Competition occurs annually, normally in late January or early February. This year’s competition will be held online and registration is open. 

The competition is open to all students attending Queen’s University in any program or faculty.

Dan School of Drama and Music
In association with the Provost Advisory Committee for the Performing Arts (PACPA)
Smith School of Business and the Faculty of Law
present the
79th Andrina McCulloch Public Speaking Competition
Grand Prize                                      $1500
First Runner-up                               $1000
Second Runner-up                         $ 800
Honourable Mention (three)         $ 200

February 5th, 2022

First round at 2PM — Final Round at 7PM

Location To be held remotely on ZOOM 

All registered Queen’s students are eligible to enter. To register, please send an email with your name, contact information, and your faculty/department to public.speaking@queensu.ca. Registration will be open until February 3, 2022, at 11 PM.

Registration is limited. Once registration is full ,additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list in order of receipt of their applications. Competitors will be notified via email that their registration has been accepted.


The Andrina McCulloch Competition welcomes public attendance. Competitors are therefore encouraged to invite family and friends to hear them speak.

Structure of the Competition (Please be aware that the 2022 Competition will be conducted using Zoom)

Each competitor will present two speeches.

  1. Compulsory Speech

The compulsory speech, which will be the same for the preliminary and final rounds will be selected and presented by each competitor. Compulsory speech is a found speech and are not your words.                               

 Duration: 3-5 minutes

After a short intermission, the order of competition will be randomly altered and each competitor will present an original speech

2. Original Speech

The original speech categories are:

  •  Prepared – An original speech written by the competitor on a topic, chosen, prepared and presented, which may be informative, persuasive, or creative in style. Please memorize your speech however notes will be allowed.     Duration: 5-7 minutes
  • Impromptu – An original speech on a topic selected at random by the room monitor. The competitor will have a maximum of 5 minutes preparation time. Duration: 3-5  minutes.                                          
  • Each presentation will be assessed by a panel of three judges. A competitor’s score will be an average of the three judges’ marks. In each competition, a competitor’s total score will be the sum of the scores of the compulsory presentation and the original presentation.
  • The finalists will be announced at the end of the preliminary competition. The top-scoring competitor from each panel of three judges in the preliminaries and, depending on the number of panels, the next highest-scoring competitors to a total of six. Ties will be broken by a comparison of the compulsory presentations.
  • Scores will be confidential and final. Judges will be available, however, for informal discussion with interested participants following each evening’s sessions.


 Any student who withdraws on the day of the competition or who does not show up will be disqualified from competing for one year.

To withdraw, please email competition organizers.

About The Andrina McCullough Public Speaking Competition

Andrew McCulloch (BA 1871, MA 1874) died at Thorold, Ontario in 1929. In his will, he bequeathed to Queen’s University a number of valuable securities. He directed that the income from these securities should be used, in perpetuity, to fund three awards, each to honour one of his three daughters. The Andrina McCulloch Award was first given in 1941 and is still presented annually for the promotion and encouragement of public speaking at Queen’s.