Barkley Forum for High Schools

2018 — Atlanta, GA/US

Dates, Contact Info, Application Process


December 4, 2017:  All entries and applications due online (Members and Non-members). On this date, Member Schools who are not entered will forfeit reserved entry.  For non-member school applications to be considered, each student’s competitive record should be entered on Tabroom.

December 8, 2017:  All non-members will be notified about whether they have been accepted for entry into the tournament. 

December 21, 2017-January 1, 2018:  Barkley Forum office is closed.  Please do not attempt to leave messages by voicemail. 

January 8, 2018:  Congressional Debate bills and resolutions are due (upload to by 6:00 p.m. EST.  Reminder: we will accept up to two per school, but no more than one per student. 

January 8, 2018:  Nominations for the Melissa Maxcy Wade Social Justice Award are due (fill out form here and email to

January 9, 2018: Last day for drops without penalties in Congressional Debate.

January 12, 2018: Preliminary legislation released for Congressional Debate by noon EST.

January 19, 2018:  Last day changes can be requested without penalty fees (for all events except Congressional Debate, whose drop deadline is January 9th).



Barkley Forum Email Address (preferred method of contact):

Tournament Administrator Telephone (preferred phone contact): 678-205-6281

Barkley Forum Telephone:  404-727-6189

Tournament Website:                  



The application process at the Barkley Forum High School Tournament is required to accommodate an efficient registration process. Please review the following procedures. These procedures apply to both member schools and non-member schools.

Step 1 

Enter students online, including student records and judges, which will automatically place them on the waitlist.  ALL entries—including students’ competitive records for non-member schools—must be entered online by December 4, 2017. We will assume any MEMBER school not submitting entries will not be in attendance because they will not want to prevent the entry of worthy non-member schools.

NOTE for Non-Member Schools:

We ask you to provide records for each student who is being recommended for entry at the tournament.  Entry into the Barkley Forum High Schools Tournament for non-member schools is based on the student’s record.  Therefore, it is important that the student records be carefully completed.  The records should be entered online by December 4, 2017.

Step 2

The Barkley Forum will first count the MEMBER entries for each event. Non-member applications will be considered based on available space and the student's record in each event. 

Step 3

The Barkley Forum will email the coach listed in as the primary contact when students are admitted. When coaches look at their entry on, students who are admitted into the tournament will have “In” under “status” next to their names, and students who are still on the waitlist will have “WL” under “status” next to their names. 

The Barkley Forum will continue to admit students off the waitlist until the tournament starts.  If your student is accepted off the waitlist, will generate an email to the coach on record for the school.  We expect that those students will attend unless you email to let us know they will not. 


Once you receive the email confirming your entry into the tournament, we expect that you will attend.  If you decide not to attend the tournament and do not drop your entrants by the January 19th drop date, you will be charged for your entries. 

If students qualify to participate in the tutorials (i.e., clear), they are expected to be available through the final exhibition round to respect their opponents and the participants who will learn from their performance.  If a student must leave the tournament and cannot participate in a tutorial or exhibition round for which s/he has qualified, s/he will forfeit his/her award and all rounds after preliminary rounds.  Special circumstances may lead to rare exceptions to this rule at the tournament director’s discretion.  We are providing this information so you may make your travel plans accordingly.