There are three categories for entry:
- Championship Entry
- Single Entry (or more than one single entry)
- In-depth Feedback Entry
LETTER OF INTENT – 2 months prior to competition – July 22, 2017
RESEARCH PAPERS – 1 month prior to competition – August 22, 2017
ALL DOCUMENTATION – 1 week prior to competition – September 15, 2017
How to Enter:
Please send your email (or letter) of intent to the current A&S Minister and the Coronets of Tir Righ (and the Tanist/Ban Tanist of Tir Righ if applicable) and the current Champion at least 2 MONTHS prior to the start of the competition. You can also use the handy Championship Entry form, although a simple email will suffice.
Requirements for Full Entry:
- Each entrant must be at least 18yrs old (single entries, 16yo+) and must have proof of membership in the SCA on the day of the competition.
- Each entrant must be a resident of Tir Righ for at least 1 year -OR- have Their Highness’ permission to enter the competition
- Each entrant must be present at the competition. (no proxy judging).
- An entrant must submit a letter of intent to the Coronets of Tir Righ and the Arts & Science Minister at least 2 MONTHS prior to the competition (please check calendar for exact deadline or email A&S Minister). This is to ensure suitable judges can be located prior to the event. Email is perfectly acceptable and encouraged.
The letter should include your name, home branch, any fealty ties (if you’re a squire, a protégé or an apprentice for instance), whether you are entering a full entry, single or multiple entries (entering more than one entry but not to be the overall champion), a detailed description of each entry and any special requirements you may have for any of the entries.
If you want to change or significantly alter an entry you are making after you have send in your letter of intent, please let the A&S Minister know at least two weeks prior to the start of the competition. *** Note changes below as of June 2017 ***
- An entrant must submit a minimum of TWO entries but can enter more if so desired.
- Only the top two scores will count towards the final total.
- One of the two pieces can be entered unfinished.
- Each entry can be in the form of any of the following:
- An object (book, clothing, footwear, box, etc.)
- A Process Piece (An experimental approach to how something was made rather than about the object its self)
- Research paper (Only one of the entries can be a research paper (see below for more info).
Each entry must be accompanied by documentation showing your progress, research, conclusions etc…
- Documentation is due 1 WEEK prior to competition so judges have time to read it through.
- To clarify: You can enter 2 objects, 1 objects and a process piece, 1 object, and a research paper, 1 process piece and a research paper. The combination is up to you.
- Each entry must be consistent with a pre-1600 date and can be from any culture within Europe or from a culture that traded with a European society. This can include Asia, North Africa and others.
- Your pieces cannot have been previously entered at Kingdom level.
A piece can have been entered at the Principality level previously but only if there has been significant notable changes (you should be able to discuss these changes with the judges).
To Sum up: Your entry should consist of:
- The object and associated documentation, scholarly paper, or process piece and associated documentation.
- A visual display. This display can include pictures of the process of creating your object, a demonstration of the actual process, pictures and text relating to your performance/composition piece or scholarly paper and more. How you choose to display is up to you but you are encouraged towards displays that are relatively easy for people to understand.
- An oral presentation.Many people seem to find this aspect of the competition the most daunting, and the following tips may help to make the oral presentation a fun and informative part of the competition experience:
Present your piece and the process and/or methods you used to create it, or your scholarly paper topic, as clearly and concisely as possible. Do not read from your documentation or scholarly paper, and remember to use your visual presentation.
Remember the judges are there to learn and to teach. They are very interested in what you have done. Be proud and enthusiastic about your work.
Nervousness is to be expected. Remember how much you love what you have created and researched. Let that love show.
Judges will ask questions. Answer them to the best of your ability. It is here that having done broader research will come in handy, because you can relate your topic to similar topics from other regions or times. Remember that it is okay, and expected, that you not know all the answers. “I don’t know the answer to that” is a valid answer.
Generally, judges want to explore the topic with you and are just as enthusiastic as you are about it. Therefore, this time, can be a really satisfying sharing and learning period. Learn from your judges and incorporate their suggestions into your next presentation. They will be learning from you, just the same.
Use your visual presentation to support your comments about your work. This can be as simple as walking the judges through the illustrations you have presented, handling the item you have created while explaining that creation, explaining the elements of your performance/composition or discussing your research and how you came to learn what you have learned.
**Note: Competitors must make certain with the A&S and Bardic Competitions staff that their entries can be accommodated at the event site. For example:
Competitors are discouraged from bringing live animals to the Competition. If the competitor must bring live animals, he or she is responsible for making all arrangements for the safety and security of the animals. The competitor must pay for any additional insurance fees the event may incur due to the presences of the animals. contact the autocrat of the Championship to find out about this and plan accordingly.
Kitchen facilities may not be available, contact the autocrat of the Championship to find out about this and plan accordingly.
Alcohol, distilled products, etc, may not be allowed at the site or location. This could be due to local laws, or event site rules. The competitor is responsible for knowing and abiding by all national, provincial and local laws with respect to their entry, both where the entry is made and where the entry is displayed and judged. Contact the autocrat of the Championship to find out about this and plan accordingly.
Don’t forget- no one is looking for a museum replica piece. The idea is for this competition is to encourage people to be creative and research their own arts & science interests.
Requirements for a Single, Multiple or Group Entry:
Any person may enter a piece without the goal of being the overall A&S Champion. You may enter up to three pieces but the letter of intent is the same as for a full entry to ensure judges can be arranged (2 months prior to the competition).
A group of people may enter a piece as well. This is an entirely period-appropriate thing to do. Please document how each person contributed to the overall piece.
In-depth Feedback without Officially Entering:
In this case, an artist may still bring their piece with full documentation to the Competition but their piece will not be scored. Instead, you will receive feedback from one appropriate judge. This is a much less stressful but incredibly useful way for you to talk to someone with experience in your field and get feedback. Please discuss your intent for this category with the A&S Minister two – four weeks prior to the competition with your ideas so an appropriate judge can be found.
Displaying and Presenting:
Participants are expected to display each physical entry (object, research paper, etc) together in one place. How you choose to display is up to you but you are encouraged towards displays that are relatively easy for people to understand.
Photocopies of documentation: Please bring at least four copies (one for each judge and one for a student judge) with one more for yourself during your presentation with an option for a fifth copy for the public to examine before and after judging.
You will have 30 minutes to present your piece. This includes your discussion of the piece, any questions the judges may have and the time it takes to judges to complete the score sheet. Please remember the judges are not out to trick you but to gain a better understand of the methods and materials you used and the decisions you made in the creation of the piece.
There will be three judges per entry. There may also be “student judges” who will give feedback, however their scores will not count in your overall score.
You can make one of your pieces a Research Paper.This can be an incredibly good medium to put forward new ideas and to show the level of research you have conducted. Your paper can be on any topic you wish as long as it explores in depth an aspect of pre- 1600 AD life. Feel free to discuss your topic and get feedback from any previous champion or the A&S Minister. We highly encourage you to conform the paper to either the MLA or Chicago style. This will allow you to enter the paper at the Kingdom level later.
This can be an incredibly good medium to put forward new ideas and to show the level of research you have conducted. Your paper can be on any topic you wish as long as it explores in depth an aspect of pre- 1600 AD life. Feel free to discuss your topic and get feedback from any previous champion or the A&S Minister. We highly encourage you to conform the paper to either the MLA or Chicago style. This will allow you to enter the paper at the Kingdom level later.
Your paper can be of any length as long as the topic is covered ‘in depth’ (which can mean between 10-15 pages double-spaced including figures and a reference section).
A DRAFT copy of your paper must be submitted to the A&S Minister at least 1 MONTH prior to the start of the Competition. A final version should be presented at A final version should be presented at the competition.