West Tournament in Pleven, November 18-19

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the West region! The upcoming West tournament will be at Yordan Yovkov Primary School in Pleven on November 18-19. Registration for the tournament closes on November 6. Coaches, you should have received an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you haven’t received the invitation, or if you are a coach in a different region and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Letter of Invitation

The official letter of invitation in Bulgarian is coming soon! If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.


Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!

Tentative* Schedule

Friday, November 17

19:30 – 21:00: Debate Judge Training (strongly recommended)

Saturday, November 18

9:00 – 11:00: Judge Check In & Team Check In
9:00 – 10:00: Debate Judge Training (strongly recommended)
10:00 – 11:00: New Judges – Speech Training (required)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, Duo
13:30: Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
14:30: Lunch
15:00: Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, Duo
16:30: Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) & Poetry
18:30: Round 3: Novice Duo
Quarterfinals: Varsity Oratory, Varsity Prose
Semifinals: Varsity Duo, Novice Oratory, Novice Prose
19:30: Round 3: Debate (prepared)
Semifinals: Poetry
20:30: Semifinals: Varsity Oratory & Varsity Prose

Sunday, November 19

8:30: Round 4: Debate (impromptu)
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, Duo
11:30: Finals: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
13:30: Closing Ceremony

*Note that schedule is subject to change based on registrations.


We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

To register as a judge, please fill out this form. Coaches, you must register if you are judging, too, and don’t forget to include your judges when you fill out your team roster spreadsheet (see below).

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet
  1. Open the team roster and hotels spreadsheet located here.
  2. Find your school’s tab at the bottom.
    If you are a new team and you don’t have a tab in the spreadsheet, you can create one by pressing the + button on the bottom left corner of the spreadsheet page.
  3. Fill out the names of your team’s coaches, students, judges, chaperones who will be attending the tournament. Students’ names need to be filled out in Bulgarian as well as English*.
  4. Please note that we will book everyone who is listed on the spreadsheet in a hotel. If you are a local team, or anyone from your team does not require hotel accommodation for any reason, notify us with a note on your team’s sheet!
  5. The deadline to fill out the Team Roster Spreadsheet is November 6.

*Note: Please DO NOT Google Translate your students’ names into Bulgarian, but rather consult with them so we have a reliable point of reference. Also aim to avoid using English names as they appear on Facebook, since those might often be inaccurate.

Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form. The deadline to apply is November 6.


The first tournament hotel is Hotel Balkan.
The address of Hotel Balkan is Bul. “Ruse” 85, 5800 Pleven.
The price of Hotel Balkan is 23 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Rostov.
The address of Hotel Rostov is Tsar Boris III 2 st., 5801 Pleven.
The price of Hotel Rostov is 21 leva per person per night.


Local Taxi numbers are coming soon!

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – Yordan Yovkov Primary School:

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Yordan Yovkov Primary School:


Information on food options at and near the tournament site is coming soon!

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • THR the rise of social media as a primary source of news distribution.
  • THBT Western nations should make development aid conditional on the protection of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) rights.
  • TH supports restrictions on free speech to combat the rise of right-wing populism.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Spring Impromptu rounds are below. The motions for these rounds will be related to these general themes, and they will be announced right before the thirty-minute preparation period begins.

  • Industrialization
  • Education
  • Crime