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Fall East Tournament in Sliven

  • Language High School Zahari Stoyanov (map)

This is the Tournament Portal for our Fall East Tournament in Sliven. The upcoming tournament will be held at Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS in Sliven on December 1-2. Registration for the tournament has now closed.

Letter of Invitation

You can find the official letter of invitation in Bulgarian here! If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at

Press Releases

Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!

Tentative* Schedule

Saturday, December 1st

9:30 - 11:00 - Team Check In
10:00 - 12:00 - Judge Briefing Session 1
11:00 - Opening Ceremony
12:00 - Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
Judge Briefing Session 2
13:30 - Round 1 Flight A: Debate (Prepared) and Poetry
14:30 - Lunch
15:00 - Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
16:30 - Round 2 Flight A: Debate (Impromptu) and Poetry
18:15 - Quarterfinals: Varsity Prose and Varsity Oratory
Semifinals: Novice Oratory, Novice Prose, Varsity Duo
Round 3: Novice Duo
19:30 - Quarterfinals: Varsity Poetry/Semifinals: Novice Poetry
Round 3: Debate (Prepared)
20:30 - Semifinals: Varsity Oratory and Varsity Prose

Sunday, December 2nd

8:30 - Semi-final: Varsity Poetry,
Round 4: Debate (Impromptu)
10:00 - Finals: Prose, Oratory, and Duo
11:30 - Finals: Poetry and Debate
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 your ticket back from the tournament location as well, as we cannot reimburse you without being presented tickets. 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.

Judge registration for the tournament is now open, and the sign-up form can be found here! 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*

The team roster and hotels spreadsheet is now closed. If you have any changes, please submit them to

In compliance with European GDPR laws, any student under the age of 18 who wishes to attend this BEST tournament needs to have this photo release form signed by their parent/guardian and bring it to the tournament. If a student’s coach fails to send photographic proof of the filled in form to BEST by registration deadline, the student’s registration is void.

*Note: Any names and other personal data filled in the spreadsheet will be used solely for the purposes of organizing the tournament, securing accommodation, and tournament statistics.

Scholarship Application

The Scholarship application form for the upcoming tournament has now closed.


You can call the following taxi companies for transport between hotels and the tournament site. Please allow ample time before you depart and call since their fleets are limited!

  • Evro Taxi - 080015156

  • Grup Taxi - 044 6142

  • Es-Si Taxi - 044 6145

The tournament will take place at Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, which can be found on this Google map:


You can refer to this list of restaurants and supermarkets in Sliven!

Debate Motions

Prepared motions:

  • TH would criminalize the use of cryptocurrencies.

  • TH, as the European Union, would oppose China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • TH would institute a universal basic income.

Impromptu hints:

  • Punishment

  • Religion

Earlier Event: November 17
Fall West Tournament in Vratsa
Later Event: February 16
Spring West Tournament in Blagoevgrad