Spelling Bee History

About the South Asian Spelling Bee

The South Asian Spelling Bee is a platform that gives all South Asian students the opportunity to test their skills within their core peer group. It is the effort of this unique national spelling bee to encourage and promote South Asian academic talent across the US and to bring this aspect of a South Asian student’s life into the foreground by broadcasting the spelling contest as a series on Sony Entertainment Television (SET) Asia.

Where is the South Asian Spelling Bee being held?

The spelling bee will be held in 12 Regional Centers across the US. The top two spellers from each center will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Finals in NJ. Find a South Asian Spelling Bee location near you for 2014!

How will the contest be done?

The path to finding a national spelling bee champion will be paved via preliminary and oral rounds, held in 12 Regional Centers across the US. The speller’s legal guardian must REGISTER to enroll the speller for the regional contest of their choice. Participants will report to their chosen regional center on the designated contest date, where a preliminary written spelling test of 25 words will be administered. In order to qualify for the ORAL round, the speller MUST write the correct English spelling of 15 or more words. Once tests are scored, qualifying participants will move on to the regional oral round, in which the pronouncer will ask them to spell aloud from a predetermined list of spelling bee words. This round takes place on a miss-and-out basis, eliminating participants as they misspell a word until the regional champion is left standing. The top 3 spellers from each location receive cash prizes, and the top 2 will be sent forward to the Finals.