Competition Information

Get ready for the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee! We have included everything you need to know about the competition, including a schedule, our admission policy for onstage competition sessions and the speller dress code.

Competition Schedule

Admission and Seating Policy

Contest Rules

What to Wear


Competition Schedule

*All times are subject to change.

Monday, May 27

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Preliminaries Test

11 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.          Preliminaries Test          Maryland Ballroom

Spellers will have reserved seats in the Maryland Ballroom for the Preliminaries Test. All spellers take the Preliminaries Test together from 11 to 11:45 a.m.


Tuesday, May 28

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Preliminaries

8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.        Round Two                         Maryland Ballroom


Wednesday, May 29

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Preliminaries

8 a.m. — 5 p.m.        Round Three                        Maryland Ballroom

Announcement of Finalists

~5:10 p.m.        Maryland Ballroom

The top scorers on the Preliminaries Test who spelled correctly in Rounds Two and Three will be invited to the stage for the Announcement of Finalists. No more than 50 spellers will advance to the Finals.


Thursday, May 30

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals

10 a.m.        Maryland Ballroom

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals

8 p.m.             Opening Remarks        Maryland Ballroom

8:30 p.m.        Competition               Maryland Ballroom


Admission and Seating Policy

    Onstage Competition — Tuesday, May 28, Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30

    All oral rounds of competition take place in the Maryland Ballroom. Seating for the competition segments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Each speller can also reserve up to three tickets to the Primetime Finals (Thursday, May 30). Additional Primetime Finals tickets are not available; general admission seating will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Contest Rules

    The Contest Rules of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be available Wednesday, April 10.


    What to Wear

    Onstage Competition — Tuesday, May 28, Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30*

    Spellers should wear comfortable attire, but remember, you might be on television! Please avoid the following fabric patterns, which do not display well on television:

    • Small stripes
    • Checks
    • Small prints
    • Houndstooth

    Unacceptable forms of dress for any segment in the competition

    • Accessories or clothing featuring a logo or brand name
    • Accessories or clothing that may be distracting or offensive
    • Outerwear (e.g. jackets, coats)
    • High-heeled shoes
    • Shorts
    • Tank tops and halter tops
    • Miniskirts
    • Costumes
    • Hats and head coverings (unless associated with religious beliefs)
    • Props (including stuffed animals)

    *If any part of the speller's clothing is incompatible with broadcast standards and practices, a Bee staff member will request that the speller change clothing.

    Events outside of competition

    Spellers are welcome to wear their Bee T-shirts during competition segments. Many spellers also wear their special T-shirts to the Bee Week Kickoff Party. For the Awards Banquet and Farewell Party, a dress shirt and slacks or a party dress is appropriate.

    Speller Name Badges

    Spellers will receive a personalized name badge from the Bee during Speller Registration on Sunday, May 26. We ask that spellers wear their name badges during the Preliminaries Test and during all Bee Week events. However, please leave your name badge with a parent or guardian during all levels of onstage competition.



    Here's what all spellers, our Finalists and the Champion will receive for being such first-class spellers.

    For All Spellers

    From Merriam-Webster

    A one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online

    From Mr. Jay Sugarman

    A 2019 United States Mint Proof Set, given in honor of his father Samuel Louis Sugarman, who revered academic achievement

    From Encyclopædia Britannica

    A one-year subscription to Britannica Online Premium


    For the Finalists

    From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    A commemorative medal and:

    • Misspell in Rounds 4 through 6 - $500 gift card
    • Misspell in Round 7 through to 7th place - $2,000
    • 6th place - $2,500
    • 5th place - $5,000
    • 4th place - $10,000
    • 3rd place - $20,000
    • 2nd place - $30,000


    For the Champion

    From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    a $40,000 cash prize and Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy

    From Encyclopædia Britannica

    $400 of reference works, including a 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica © Replica Set and a three-year membership to Britannica Online © Premium


    a trip to New York City for the Champion to appear on Live with Kelly and Ryan, which airs weekday mornings in national syndication, and

    a trip to Hollywood for the Champion to appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! which airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c (pending availability).

    For the Champion's School and Sponsor

    From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    Engraved commemorative plaques