Competition Format

This year’s A&S Championships will be held entirely online due to COVID-19 via webpages for entrants/displayers and videocalls for judging, with results announced in Ethereal Court after the competition.

While this format has its challenges, it also provides more time for judging, opportunities for more of the populace to view entries and connect with entrants, along with opportunities to enter larger items which cannot be transported to in-person events. We will be working with members of the community to allow Brewing, Cooking, and Performance entries. We know this format is not ideal for all entrants, so for anyone not comfortable with online judging (or who simply is not interested in competing) we will have our Display entrants interspersed with Competitors online with no distinctions in how they are listed, so we highly encourage anyone interested in sharing their art to participate in some way.

Competitors will be asked to submit by email:

  • Documentation – traditionally written, but also can be recorded and/or presented verbally, for more information on page/timelimits, see our page on Documentation. Please let us know if you would like your full documentation posted to your entrant page or kept private for the judges.
  • Photos – high-resolution photos are required for physical items created being judged with the general rubric – the MOAS office will be hosting guides on taking and sharing effective photos in upcoming months.
  • A short (1-3 paragraph) summary of your entry to be used on your entrant page (can simply be the introduction from your formal documentation).
  • Optional, Video – for your online display page consider recording a short (2-5 minute) video of you describing your item – this is equivalent to what you might tell a person visiting your entry. The MOAS office will be providing assistance in creating these for those interested. If you want to include additional video showing your process or items in more detail, please feel free to do that. However, please keep any additional video to around 10-15 minutes or less, to respect our judges time.

Displayers are invited to submit the same as above, though documentation is optional.

Registration for both competitors and displayers is due December 13th, Documentation, photos, videos, and summary are due January 10th and cannot be extended due to the need to create the web pages, so please consider registering and submitting your documentation in advance (both will open November 13th).

Online Event Format:

We will provide a web page for each entrant, both for competitors and displayers, similar to our online A&S displays we have hosted (seen here). Members of the populace will be encouraged to leave comments (moderated by MOAS staff) as tokens and will be able to view the pages and connect with the artisans. Additionally, the MOAS office will assist artisans who are interested in recording short presentations on their topic to share their voice and knowledge in multiple formats for all to view. Judging for competitors will be done in two rounds via videocalls (accommodations can be made for those needing alternative technology) during the last two weeks in January.

If you have any concerns regarding your ability to participate for any reason please email the Deputy Kingdom MOAS, Mistress Elena Hylton (moas.deputy@eastkingdom.org) – we are committed to making this as accessible as possible and there will be a variety of options and accommodations available for different needs.

Entries:

Entrants may enter a research project, performance, or single substantial item or a body of work consisting of related items that are connected to each other in a significant and meaningful way, whose methods, materials, and social significance can be dated to before 1600. (Please note that this does not mean that slightly post-1600 material is unacceptable, but it does mean that you must connect post-1600 material to pre-1600 reality.) A body of work will be judged as a single “item”; individual entries will not be scored. Items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. In either case, entries should seek tell a coherent and cohesive story about a historic people, time, place, etc.

No entry should have won a previous Crown’s Championship, and each item or project to be judged should have been completed within three years of the competition. Entries may have been entered into (and even won) local/regional A&S competitions.

If any entrant has an idea they are not sure will fit the competition format, PLEASE email the Deputy Kingdom MOAS, Mistress Elena Hylton (moas.deputy@eastkingdom.org). and she will be most happy to chat with you on a case by case basis to try and discover the best way to present your work.

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