Laureate Competition

The following are the rules for the Poet & Masque Laureate Competitions to be held on Saturday.
In service to the Arts of Performance,
Chancellor of the Laureate, Eirene Agapatina, Despotissa, O.L.

Poet Laureate:
Traditionally, Poet Laureate is held twice a year at Crown Lyst. With the following entry criteria:
Poet Laureate entries are to be original poetry performed solo by the author.
The subject matter required is either an SCA or Period Theme.
Pieces that have previously won in this category of the Laureate Competition are NOT eligible.
Although not a requirement to enter Poet Laureate Competitions, research is always encouraged in the interest of furthering the entrant’s knowledge of the performance based arts.
The composition and performance of documentable period forms and styles are not only allowed but also encouraged they are just not a requirement.

The winner will be given the Regalia for the title and should wear it at all official SCA events during their tenure as the champion
The winner will be asked to perform at any time during their tenure as the champion
The winner can join the Crown’s champions any time they are asked to serve the Crown and stand with them
The winner is expected to run the next Poet Laureate competition with the assistance of the Deputy of the Laureates

Masque Laureate:
Traditionally, Masque Laureate is held twice a year, once at Winter Art Sci once at the Trimaris Memorial Tourney along with Poet Laureate.
The Masque Laureate rules are a bit more extensive as there are more entry eligibilities than the two previous Laureate Competitions. So I shall start with a list of the types of entries allowed in the Masque Laureate which include Solo and Ensemble Performances of the following forms: (Exclusions noted within the Masque Laureate Rules are those of performance pieces which would be eligible under the rules of the Troubadour and Poet Laureate Competitions.)
Musical Vocal and Instrumental, are to be an original piece of work. Period style writing, words, language, music or any musical instruments used are not a requirement of entry, but are always encouraged if it all possible.
Dancing original choreography is encouraged as is original/period style music, but shall not be a requirement for entry. It shall have a “look or style” representative of a period “form” of dance.
Any form of Street Performance, not already listed or covered under previous Laureate rules, is allowed to enter the Masque Laureate Competitions, as solo or group examples being: juggling, sword swallowing, dog and pony show, puppets, etc.
Any spoken Performance (except as described under the Poet Laureate Rules)

The winner will be given the Regalia for the title and should wear it at all official SCA events during their tenure as the champion
The winner will be asked to perform at any time during their tenure as the champion
The winner can join the Crown’s champions any time they are asked to serve the Crown and stand with them
The winner is expected to run the next Troubadour Laureate competition with the assistance of the Deputy of the Laureates

Original Poetry/Prose performed solo by author is not allowed in a Masque Laureate Competition, as there is already a competition called Poet Laureate for performances of this nature.

Original song/words presented in solo form by author is not allowed in a Masque Laureate Competition, as there is already a competition called Troubadour Laureate for performances of this nature.

***Solo Vocal performances of original poetry/songs are allowed as long as they are NOT performed by the composer. Solo performances of collaborations are allowed as long as all known contributors are credited. Also allowable is an entry by anyone other than the composer of a performance piece which has won Poet or Troubadour Laureate Competitions.***

Parodies and Filking
of existing pieces IS PERMITTED for the Masque Laureate Competition. However, modifications to the content are to be more than minor. (Minimal changes bordering on plagiarism will be disqualified)

The subject matter required is either an SCA or Period Theme.

Unlike the Poet and Troubadour Laureate Competitions, pieces that have previously won in ANY category of the Laureate Competitions ARE eligible as long as not performed by the previous winner(s)

Although not a requirement to enter Masque Laureate Competitions, research is always encouraged in the interest of furthering the entrant’s knowledge of the performance based arts.

The composition and performance of documentable period forms and styles are not only allowed but also encouraged they are just not a requirement

IF an ensemble (duet and upward in count) wins the Masque Laureate Competition the ensemble may share wearing the Laureate Bells/Medallion at their discretion. But unless an individual has been designated as representative of the ensemble (duet and upward in count) a single scroll shall be presented to the group as a whole for the Masque Laureate Competition. As it was the Ensemble as a whole which won NOT individual members.
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