Who may compete?
This year Nationals is an open pageant for all states and regions.
You do not need to hold a state title to compete for 2017.
Princess: 5-6 years Sweetheart : 7-9 years Preteen: 10-12 years
Jr. Teen: 13-15 years Teen: 16-18 years Miss: 19-24 years
There is an age fallback. Contestants may compete with their age as of September 1, 2017.
Required Areas of Competition
Interview: 1/3 of final score
Each contestant will sit in a panel-style interview in front of all judges for 3 minutes. When contestants walk into the interview room, they will give a quick introduction. They will state their name, age and where they are from only. Interview questions will come from the contestant’s bio. Judges will not ask current event or political questions. Judges want to get to know the young lady and see their personality.
Contestants are required to wear an interview dress or suit. Choose something that reflects your personality.
Formal Wear: 1/3 of final score
Contestants must wear a floor length pageant dress that is age appropriate. Any color is acceptable.
Judges will judge on overall first impression, appearance, stage presence and personality.
Diamonds and Pearls Fun Fashion: 1/3 of final score
For this category contestants will wear fun fashion style outfit with accents of diamonds or pearls. Outfits must have at least one piece of sparkle or pearls to go with the theme. Judges will judge on overall first impression, appearance, stage presence and personality.
The mandatory events will be tallied together to determine the National Queen Titles. National Queens will be invited back the next year to crown the new queens and will be invited to queen outings. Division Queens will not be eligible to compete at Southern Grace Pageants during their reigning year. They will be asked to sign a contract, but there will not be a no compete clause.
Optional Areas of Competition
Casual Wear: Optional
New- This category may replace the Diamonds and Pearls score.
One winner per age division. We will also award a 1st and 2nd runner-up per age division. For this category clothing needs to be off the rack casual. Wear something that fits your personality. No custom music and no pro-am modeling. Contestants will be allowed 90 seconds onstage in this event.
One winner per age division will be crowned America’s Talented Miss, Jr Miss, etc. We will also award a 1st and 2nd runner-up per age division. Talent can be but is not limited to dance, acting, singing, instrument, etc. Note: There will not be a piano. You may provide your own keyboard. There will be a corded, handheld microphone or cordless. We do not have lavalieres. There is one microphone stand. If you need a stool, you must provide your own. Talent needs to be two minutes or less.
*All music must be submitted by the pageant deadline date. Email music to firstname.lastname@example.org as an mp3 and as an attachment.
Photogenic: Optional Photos are due October 20th.
Photogenic photos need to be emailed to Melinda Bell as a jpeg and as an attachment email@example.com.
One winner per age division will be crowned America’s Glamorous Miss, Jr. Miss, Etc. We will also award a 1st and 2nd runner-up per age division. Photos may be naturally retouched but must still look like the contestant. No glitz photos. They will be scored by a different set of judges than pageant day judges.
Either color or black & white photos are acceptable. Please include contestant’s name and age division in your email. Judges will be looking for clarity, quality, and personality.
Ultimate Billboard Supreme
The highest scoring photogenic photo will be named the Ultimate Billboard Supreme. The winner will have their winning photo displayed as a billboard poster at Nationals. There will be one winner from ages 5-12 and one winner from ages 13-24.
One winner per age division will receive a portfolio award. We will also award a 1st and 2nd runner-up per age division. Portfolios are collections of professional photographs. Your portfolio should have three or more pictures, which must be placed in a portfolio book. These are not scored. The portfolio winners are chosen by a panel of judges. Bring the portfolio to registration.
Leadership Award: Due October 27th.
This title will be awarded to two ladies. One winner from ages 5-12 and one from ages 13-24. It will be judged by teachers. They will be looking for the young ladies who show elegance and grace not only onstage but also off stage and in her community. The young lady should have a passing GPA, volunteer within her community and understand what pageantry stands for.
To enter you will need to mail or email your current GPA, a list of volunteer events from the past year and a short essay explaining what pageantry means to you.
Rose Scholarship: Due October 27th.
Our 2015 National Teen, Mikaela Langley, is sponsoring a scholarship that will be given annually to one lucky winner from ages 5-24. To be eligible, you will need to submit a one paragraph essay answering one of the following: 1. How pageant girls can use their platform to change/bring awareness to women’s role in society. 2. How girls can bring their skills from the stage to the community.
We want to hear from the contestants, let them write the paragraph. It may be typed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to enter is: October 27th.
Ambassador Queen: Optional
The 2017 National Ambassador Queen Award will help raise funds and awareness for vital research and programs designed to help those struggling with autism. 100% of the money raised will go towards Autism Speaks in Georgia. There will be two National Ambassador Queens awarded to the contestants who obtain the most votes from their fans. There will be one queen from ages 5-12 and one queen from ages 13-24.
Full information can be found in the national handbook upon entry.
National Loyalty Queen: Optional
We will be crowning two National Loyalty Queens to the contestants that sells the most ad pages for our full color national program book. The National Loyalty Queen will act as a national title holder and be invited to attend all queen events. There will be two winners. One from ages 5–12 and one winner from ages 13-24.
Full information can be found in the national handbook upon entry.
National Program Book
National Program Book – 1/4 page ad, included in entry fee
Each contestant will receive one 1/4 page good luck ad for the national program book. Contestants will receive complete information upon registration.
Additional program book ads can be purchased. We will crown two National Loyalty Queens. Full information is in the National handbook.
How to Enter
To enter Nationals, contestants must do the following:
1.Fill out contestant information page
2.Fill out emcee sheet
3.Send in deposit
These items can be found on our National Entry Fee page of the website. Once we have received all three items, you will receive your national handbook.
The stage is a professional theatre wood stage. The Xs will be a Front T with contestants ending in the front middle X. They will not finish in the back. The emcee will have them exit from the front. Below is an example.
Schedule is subject to change. A final schedule will be emailed to contestants before the pageant.
Friday, November 10, 2017 (Optional)
Early registration located at host hotel. Times: TBA
Saturday, November 11, 2017 (Final schedule will be emailed prior to the pageant.
Ages 0-4 will compete: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 5+ Contestant Registration – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Contestant Orientation – 12:00 p.m.
Talent Music Check- following orientation
Lunch Break – 12:30 – 1:30
Mandatory Diamonds & Pearls Attire – 1:45
Optional Casual Wear – 2:45
Optional Talent – 3:45
Contestant Party (Host Hotel) – 5:30-7:00
Sunday, November 12th
Venue Opens – 9:00 a.m.
Interviews Start – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch Break – 12:00-1:00
Formal Wear – 1:00 p.m.
Awards – 2:30 p.m.
New 2017 National Queen Photo Shoot – 3:30 p.m.
Portfolios and score sheets may be picked up at the registration table at end of awards.
Any items left cannot be mailed.
NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM
Carrie Abernathy will be taking multiple photos of all contestants during the pageant.
Photos will be available for purchase.