Any gentle in Lochac can enter a competition regardless of experience or skill.  Although the preparation of an item may take a bit of time, actually entering the competition is quick and easy and only a pen is required!

Why enter a competition?

People enter the Kingdom Competitions for all sorts of reasons. Some these include:

  • Help improve their practice through independent feedback
  • Motivate themselves into trying something new
  • Motivate themselves into finishing a project
  • See if they can challenge themselves in their chosen field of study
  • Help improve their documentation

Entering should be something you want to do, not something you ‘should do’ or ‘have to do’. There are all sorts of ways to participate in A&S in Lochac, this is just one of them.

Preparing to enter a competition

  1. Check the list of Upcoming Competition themes. Hopefully you will find something that inspires you, or a theme that fits something you are already thinking of making.
  2. Start preparing your entry. This includes making the item for the entry (including a performance or research piece), and pulling together your notes for your documentation. We’ve got a great page on how to plan and write documentation.
  3. Finish your entry and your documentation and bring it along to the judging event. If your entry isn’t quite complete you can still enter it,  but ideally it should be at a stage where the judges are able to consider your work. You can also ask a friend to take your entry to the event or post it to the event’s A&S co-ordinator.

What to expect on the day

The location of the A&S competition and judging times should be on the event schedule, or may be announced by a Herald. You can usually find a set of tables inside the main hall with printed entry forms placed upon them.

The process is:

  • The A&S Steward (co-ordinator) should be available to hand out entry forms and to show you where to set up your entry for display.
  • Fill in the entry form and leave it with your entry and documentation. If you didn’t bring documentation, then there is space on the form to write a description of your entry.
  • At least two judges will assess your entry against the Kingdom’s judging rubric, which standardises how points are awarded. Think about it as judging calibration.
  • Once judging is finished, the A&S Steward will collate the scores on to the A&S Competition form for submission to the KMoAS. Make sure you don’t take your item and scoring form until this has happened.
  • Your name will be displayed with your item for a further period so that the populace can see the efforts of the entrants.
  • A herald will announce that all A&S entries may be collected.
  • Collect your entry and your score and comment sheet. The sheet should list the names of your judges. If you have any questions about their feedback, then feel free to approach them. They’re often happy to help with more detail if you want.

You might also want to read “Organising A&S competitions and displays” and “How to judge an A&S competition” for specific information on those aspects of Kingdom competitions.

Your first competition

Entering your first  Kingdom Competition might be nerve wracking, even seasoned entrants get a little nervous sometimes…Just remember:

  • Anyone is welcome to enter
  • There is no fee to enter
  • The judges are not your strict high school teacher, they’re not here to correct your “essay”, they’re here to provide constructive and thoughtful feedback
  • This is a great way to try something new
  • It is a great way to meet new people who are doing similar things to you
  • It is a nice way to get your hard work out into a public forum
  • You can request for your name to not be displayed with your entry after judging
  • You can enter by email if it is purely documentation
  • You can have someone else bring your entry to the event if you are unable to attend

We are all here to help, so ask if you are having trouble with the process. The Kingdom A&S Minister should be able to answer most questions, or your local A&S officer can help.

If you would like more information on how an entry may be considered, have a look at our How to Judge page.