Northeast Tournament in Silistra, February 20-21, 2016

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the Northeast region! The upcoming Northeast tournament will be at Atanas Burov Secondary Vocational School of Economics, Administration and Service in Silistra on February 20-21. Registration for the tournament has ended. Coaches, you will receive an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you don’t receive 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 here. If 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, February 20

9:30 – 11:00: Judge Check In & Team Check In
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo & New Judge Training Session
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: Quarterfinals: Oratory and Prose & Semifinals: Duo
7:30: Debate: Round 3 (prepared)
8:30: Semifinals: Oratory and Prose

Sunday, February 21

8:30: Debate: Round 4 (impromptu) and Semifinals: Poetry
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
11:30: Finals: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
1:00: 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 Northeast 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.


The school canteen will be available over the course of the tournament. Below you can find its registration information:
ЕТ “ВИП – Венелин Андреев”
Удостоверение за регистрация 1004/09.12.2011г.

There is a takeaway pizza restaurant located near the school and Hotel Silistra – STOP Mozzarella.
The address of STOP Mozzarella is 45 Dobrich st., 7500 Silistra and you can call them at 086 824 010.


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

The address of Hotel Silistra is 41 Dobrudzha st., 7500 Silistra.

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

The address of Hotel Serdika is 27 Tutrakan st., 7500 Silistra.

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

The address of Hotel Vienna is 1A Cherno More st., 7500 Silistra.


Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to the tournament site – Atanas Burov SVSEAS:

Local taxi numbers are coming soon!

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that smartphones are detrimental to social life.
  • This house as the USA would encourage hackers who are convicted felons to damage oppressive regimes.
  • This house considers fracking as a legitimate solution to national economic problems.

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.

  • Art
  • Gender