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Preregistration for Estrella War xxxi A&S Competition  will open on or before 1 November, 2014.
The Arts & Sciences Competition at the Estrella War is a high level, inter-kingdom competition inviting artisans from any Kingdom to compete within defined categories for rank and honor for their home Kingdom and to gain feedback from an inter-kingdom judging team. The categories for competition at each war are selected at least 12 months in advance by Crowns, giving artisans goodly time to prepare outstanding entries. In most cases, judging of these entries will take place on the Saturday of each war during the morning and afternoon, and the displays will open for a populace viewing period later that afternoon.
To learn how the Estrella War A&S Competition is run, please refer to The Estrella War Arts & Sciences Competition FAQ...
From a historical standpoint, there have been Arts & Sciences Competitions at Estrella Wars since Estrella War .i. (1985). With the kind assistance of Baron K. Braden von Sobernheim (OL, OP, GA), we have compiled a list of the categories for the Estrella War A&S Competitions from the beginning through Estrella .xxvix. (2013). Note that in the year 1990 the first treaty amongst the Principal Kingdoms for Estrella War was negotiated, and since Estrella War .vii. (1991), there have been three competition categories each year. The summary sheet may be viewed here:Estrella War A&S Categories 1985-2014.
Information for the upcoming 2015 Estrella War A&S Competition appears below, as soon as this information becomes available. [Also note that, because this is an Arts & Sciences website, I have used a common “medieval” form (as opposed to the “classical” form) of the Roman Numerals representing the Estrella War year; hence, “.xxvix.” represents the “XXVIX” used in the “official” Estrella War event title.]
REVISED!! The Categories for Estrella War .xxxi. (February 2015) A&S Competition, decided by TRM Majesties Of Atenveldt, with assistance from the previous KMoAS of Atenveldt, Dame Jennifer Trethewy, OL, and the final report from a Society wide Poll results:
- Lampworking Beads - Any pre-17th century, item that includes, but is not limited to, Viking treasure necklaces of handmade beads and/or individual beads that have been made in the style typical to pre-17th century pieces. The main focus of the category is on the individual handmade beads. Documentation should include all materials used and a detailed description of the process. Include specific time period or region and appropriateness for the material.
- Chains of State - Any pre-17th century representation of these chains, otherwise known as, Livery collar/chain. Chains of State are typically heavy chains associated with an office or a mark of fealty. A well known example of such a chain is the Collar of Esses, England 14th century. Documentation should include all materials used and a detailed description of the process. Include specific time period or region and appropriateness for the material.
- Alchemy(Skin care products) - This is any mixture or substance that would have been used as a means of caring for or beautifying the skin pre-17th century. A small list of examples includes soaps, lotions, lip balms, or cosmetics. Documentation should include all materials used and a detailed description of the process, as well as, whether or not the product is safe for sampling. Include specific time period or region and appropriateness for the material. Any actual liquids or items thought to be unsafe for sampling must be in a sealed container.
REVISED!! The Competition Rules and Schedule for Estrella War .xxxi. (February 2015), decided by Their Royal Majesties, with assistance from KMoAS Lady Kirsten Maria Matz:
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE COMPETITION
- The winning item for each category shall be announced at Grand Court and entrant shall be given a single scroll provided by the Kingdom of Atenveldt.
- Each entrant is allowed only one entry per category. Multiple entrants for one entry are permissible, but said entry shall count as each person’s one entry in the category. For example, if a tournament chair is entered and 3 people have worked on it, the chair is the one entry allowed for each of those 3 people in that category.
- No entry may be entered if it has been previously entered in an official Estrella War Arts & Sciences Competition.
- All entries must adhere to the historical time frame of pre-1600 AD.
- All prospective entries for the Estrella War .xxxi. A&S Competition must be pre-registered. Pre-registration must be received by Saturday 14 February 2014. Pre-registration forms will be made available through the A&S Ministers of the Principal Kingdoms or Kingdom representative(s), and will be available on the Estrella War XXX web site (www.estrellawar.org) and/or the Atenveldt Arts & Sciences web site (arts.atenveldt.org). Scanned and emailed pre-registration (to firstname.lastname@example.org) is acceptable. On the preregistration form, entrants must select an SCA Kingdom (either their home Kingdom, or any other they choose to honor) to be represented by their entry. [Note: Also see Pre-Registration Information below…]
- Each entry must include written documentation. Documentation shall not exceed five (5) pages text in length. Additional pages for bibliographies and attachments (i.e., pictures, etc.) are permissible. Entrants must provide three (3) individual copies of the documentation at time of registration of their entry (one for each judge).
- All entries must be checked in by 9:30 am on the day of the Competition to be eligible to compete.
- Only completed articles, or portions of a work in progress that are complete, will be judged.
- Each entry shall be judged using a point-based system.
- There shall be a minimum of Two (2) judges for each category.
- If a category exceeds 10 entries, then the judges will determine the top ten (10) items by a method agreeable to The Kingdom of Atenveldt A&S Minister. Those top 10 items will receive evaluation by all of the representative judges. Each of those items will receive a judging feedback form from each judge. The remainder of the items entries will be divided between the four judges and each of those entries will receive one judging feedback form.
- Each entry will be judged using the Judging Forms provided. The Judging Forms will be tabulated and the entry shall be awarded its combined total points. The category winner shall be determined by the entry with the highest total score.
- Entrants must be informed of disqualification of their item, if applicable, when checking in the morning of the Competition. Disqualification of an item may be appealed to the Principal Monarchs.
- The Ministers of Arts and Sciences shall finalize the Judging Forms for the Competition by 31 January 2015. Members of the populace may request copies of Judging Forms from the Ministers of Arts and Sciences or Kingdom representative(s).
- The Minister of Arts and Sciences for the Kingdom of Atenveldt will autocrat said competition. The Minister of Arts and Sciences for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, or a designated deputy, must arrive at the Competition area by 8:00 am.
- Entrants must make their works available for public viewing. Entrants may not remove their entries from the Competition area before 5:00 pm MST. All entries must be retrieved by entrants by 6:00 pm MST. Changes to these times will be reported to the entrant at check-in if, for example, Grand Court times cause these times to change.
- Entries may be delivered to the competition by someone other than the entrant, it is not required that the actual entrant present themselves to the competition.
- The Competition will be closed to populace and entrants during judging. Entrants are prohibited from staying with their entries in the judging areas while Competition is in progress.
- All entrants will be able to/must pick up their judging sheets after Grand Court has ended from the Competition Area.
Entrant Responsibilities for the Estrella War .xxxi. Competition (February 2015) are as follows:
- Entrants are assumed responsible for checking to make sure their pre-registration information has been received by the Competition Steward.
- Entrants (or their designated personal representatives) are assumed responsible for the delivery of their entries and required documentations to the Competition site, as well as for the subsequent removal of all their materials when the Competition has closed (i.e., entrants/representatives must pick up their entry materials between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Saturday 31 March). Neither the Competition Steward nor any of the Competition staff are considered responsible for picking up, handling, or retaining any items entered after one (1) hour following the close of the Competition (6:00 pm).
Pre-registration Information for the Estrella War .xxxi. Competition (February 2015) will be available shortly.
Judging sheets for the Estrella War .xxxi. Competition (February 2015) will be available shortly.
The Latest Information concerning the Estrella War .xxxi. (February 2015) A&S Competition may be obtained by contacting: Lady Kirsten Maria Matz, Atenveldt Minister of Arts & Sciences, email@example.com.