Publications & Newsletters

Rostrum

Rostrum is the official magazine of the National Speech & Debate Association. Each school year, the magazine provides the speech and debate community with news, scholarly articles, and national updates published in the months of September, November, February, April, and August.

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  • 3,500 High Schools
  • 600 Middle Schools
  • 5,200 Coaches
  • 150,000 Students

We distribute:

  • 30,000 Copies per Year
  • 26,000 Online Views
  • 5,000 Copies per Issue

Extend your reach at the National Speech & Debate Tournament:

  • 7,000 Attendees
  • 6,500 Tournament Books are Distributed to Coaches and Teachers
  • 7,000 Access the National Tournament App from their Phone or Device

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We’re here to help! Email Emily Kriegel for more information.

We are always looking for articles written by our members! Please review the following guidelines before submitting an article to Rostrum.

  1. Submissions need to have current significance to the high school speech and debate community, including coaches, competitors, and judges.
  2. Submissions must be free from religious or political bias or favoritism toward a certain region or school.
  3. Submissions may not be inflammatory, libelous, or discriminatory toward any group based on race, culture, nationality, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socioeconomic status.
  4. Submissions should be written in English and free from grammatical errors or misspellings.
  5. Submissions should provide APA or MLA citations for references. Please consult the most recent edition of the MLA or APA guidebook for guidelines.
  6. Submissions must include a proper title. Subtitles are also acceptable.
  7. Submissions must not have been submitted previously or simultaneously to other publications, except in cases of express consent from the Association’s Executive Director. Permission from the other publisher/organization may also be required.
  8. Submissions may be returned for revision or correction before they are published. In such circumstances, it is the responsibility of the author to return the corrected piece in a timely manner.
  9. Submissions will not be returned to the author, except for revision. All submissions become the property of the National Speech & Debate Association.
  10. Authors will not be paid for their submissions.
  11. Article submissions are generally 500 words (1-page article) to 1,250 words (2-page article) in length. Authors may be required to edit or condense longer articles. Authors planning to submit longer articles should contact the Association with an outline or article summary for approval first.
  12. Authors should include a short (1 to 2 sentence) biography to accompany their submissions. The biography may include coaching/competitive experience in speech and debate, as well as educational or professional background information.
  13. The Association may request a high-resolution (300 dpi or equivalent Adobe PDF, JPG, TIF) author headshot photo, if an article is selected for publication.
  14. The Association does not guarantee if or when a submitted piece will be used.
  15. Articles should serve a non-commercial purpose.

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2018 November/December Rostrum
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2018 September/October Rostrum
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2018 August Rostrum – Nationals Chronicle
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2018 April/May Rostrum
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2018 February/March Rostrum
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2017 November/December Rostrum
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2017 September/October Rostrum
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2017 August Rostrum – Nationals Chronicle
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2017 Spring Rostrum
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2017 Winter Rostrum
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2016 Fall Rostrum
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2016 Summer Rostrum
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2016 Spring Rostrum
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2016 Winter Rostrum
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2015 Fall Rostrum
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2015 Summer Rostrum
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2015 Spring Rostrum
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2015 Winter Rostrum
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2014 Fall Rostrum
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2014 Summer Rostrum
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Current Issue

2018 November/December Rostrum

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UTNIF has chosen Rostrum for our advertising needs for more than 20 years. There is no better place to reach so many coaches and students at once. We love the publication and know that the National Speech & Debate Association membership does, too.

J.V. Reed

University of Texas at Austin

Latest Newsletters

We send periodic updates to coaches, district leaders, students, and alumni to keep our members informed about what is happening in the speech and debate community. Click the links below to check out recent updates!

Coach Newsletters

2018-2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter – December 11, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – December 4, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – November 27, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – November 20, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – November 13, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – November 6, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – October 30, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – October 23, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – October 16, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – October 9, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – October 2, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – September 25, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – September 18, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – September 11, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – September 4, 2018

2017-2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – May 1, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – April 24, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – April 17, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – April 10, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – April 3, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – March 27, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – March 20, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – March 13, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – March 6, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – February 27, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – February 20, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – February 13, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – February 6, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – January 30, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – January 23, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – January 16, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – January 9, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – January 2, 2018
Weekly Coach Newsletter – December 19, 2017
Weekly Coach Newsletter – December 12, 2017
Weekly Coach Newsletter – December 5, 2017

Membership Calendar

Membership Calendar

 
Chapter advisors, join or renew your school membership today, and as our gift to you, we’ll send you our calendar filled with useful dates, important reminders, and other information for the 2018-2019 school year. We Are Speech & Debate!

Tournament Book

Our National Tournament Program Book is a great way to connect with all student competitors, coaches, teachers, parents, and chaperones at the tournament. Everyone attending the National Tournament receives a free copy of the Tournament Book, and it is also published online. The Tournament Book is the go-to guide throughout the week. It includes schedules, event information, announcements, annual award listings, and more. You can be a part of the Tournament Book for a low price! The ad reservation deadline is April 15, 2019, with final artwork submissions due May 1, 2019.

Tournament Book Pricing and Dimensions
Tournament Book Guidelines
Payment

You may select check or credit card payment using our online form. All ads must be paid in full by May 1, 2019.

Deadline

All ads must be reserved by April 15, 2019, and final artwork must be submitted by May 1, 2019. (If you need help designing your ad, we can do it for you! Please be sure to provide instructions in the advertising form by or before April 15 to give us plenty of lead time.)

Format

All ad files must be in high-resolution PDF format.

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Don’t forget to double-check your ad before submitting! Remember, “Lincoln-Douglas” should be hyphenated, but “LD” should not. “Student Congress” is now called “Congressional Debate.”

Note: If you’re a vendor and plan to reserve a table at the National Tournament Expo, you may purchase your Tournament Book ads using our Expo Registration Form. No need to fill out a separate form!

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