The following are the rules of entry for the Poet & Masque Laureate Competitions taken directly from the Rules of Laureate Competitions listed under the office of the KMOAS.
Anyone entering a competition must be a permanent resident of Trimaris and have lived within the boundaries of Trimaris for no less than six (6) months.
1. Anyone entering a competition must be a permanent resident of Trimaris and have lived within the boundaries of Trimaris for no less than six (6) months.
2. A minimum of three (3) entries are required in order for any Laureate Competition to be held.
3. As the Laureates are Performance Based competitions, No submitted documentation will be used as a judging consideration for any Laureate Competition. The Jongleur Laureate Competition is the only Laureate which requires Documentation, and this is solely to determine the eligibility of the performance as it is Period Based.
PLEASE NOTE: If a performer has won any competition other than an Official Laureate Competition with their piece it is still allowable to enter their piece in a Laureate Competition (as long as they abide by the rules of THAT competition).
If a person holds the title for any Laureate, they may enter (and win) any or all other Laureate Competitions held. An individual could conceivably hold ALL of the Laureate titles at one time. No holder of any one of the Laureate Titles may succeed themselves. (Enter a consecutive competition of which they already hold that title)
The winner(s) of any Laureate competition, at the discretion of the Crown, would receive the Order of the Bards Laureate (OBL) when acknowledged as Troubadour/Poet/Masque/Jongleur Laureate in Court.
There will be a minimum of three (3) entries in order for a Laureate Competition to take place. If there are not enough entries for a Laureate Competition to take place, the holder of the title for that competition will be given the option of retaining that title and regalia until the next Kingdom event that this competition may be held. If the holder declines the regalia will be turned over to the Minister of the Laureate until the next Kingdom event this competition may be held.
Traditionally, Poet Laureate is held twice a year at Crown Lyst. With the following entry criteria:
Traditionally, Masque Laureate is held twice a year, once at the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Faires and a Kingdom event appointed by KMOAS
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.)
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.
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