Northeast Tournament in Ruse, November 21-22, 2015

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the Northeast region! The upcoming Northeast tournament will be at Geo Milev ELHS in Ruse on November 21-22. Registration for the tournament has ended. Coaches, you will receive 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

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the Northeast Tournament are now closed.

Letter of Invitation

You can download the official letter of invitation in Bulgarian hereIf you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at


Here you can read our pre-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.

Here you can read our post-tournament press release and award list in English and Bulgarian.

Tournament Schedule

Saturday, November 21

9:30 – 10:00: Judge Check In
9:30 – 11:00: Team Check In
10:00: Judge Training (Session 1)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo &
Judge Training (Session 2)
1:30: Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
2:30: Lunch
3:00: Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
4:30: Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) and Poetry
6:30: Semifinals: Prose and Quarterfinals: Oratory
7:30: Debate: Round 3 (prepared)
8:30: Semifinals: Oratory

Sunday, November 22

8:30: Semifinals: Debate (impromptu)
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
11:45: Finals: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
12:30: Folk Dancing (Gym)
1:30: Closing Ceremony


We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments! 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 one-way tickets and leave them with us and we will reimburse you for the round-trip cost. 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 accommodations.

Judge registration for the South tournament is now closed.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

Registration for the Northeast Tournament is now closed. Please contact Team BEST at for any edits to team rosters.


There will be sub sandwiches and drinks available for purchase at the school from morning till early afternoon. Here is information about the catering company if you need it for your school’s documentation:

Official food provider name: Tirol OOD
Official number: BG117692764

There are also many shops in walking distance from the school, and a restaurant next door called Restaurant Vazata.
There are many more restaurants near the hotel, as it’s located in the city center. Restaurant Кръстникът offers takeaway and delivery if your team needs a late-night option; you can view the menu and contact information here.


Here are the directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Station to the tournament hotel – Hotel Riga:

The price of Hotel Riga is 22 leva per person per night. We expect to house all teams and judges at this hotel.
The address of Hotel Riga is 22 Pridunavski Blvd, 7000 Ruse.
Please note that Hotel Riga has a parking fee – 10lv per night for a car, 20lv per night for a minibus and 30lv per night for a bus.


Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotel to the tournament site – Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse:

We recommend either taking taxis or bus 25 from the train station to Hotel Riga, as it would be a long walk.
Try these taxi companies: To4nite (082 2222); Milanov Taxi (082 8111).

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that refugees of war should only seek refuge from neighboring countries.
  • This house believes that the government should impose higher taxes on individuals with a higher carbon footprint.
  • This house believes that changing a Facebook photo is not an effective way to support a cause.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Fall 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.

  • Philosophy
  • Sports