Their Sylvan Majesties King Maynard von dem Steine and Queen Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaohamnaigh are pleased to announce the second installment of the Arts & Sciences Virtual Queen’s Prize Tourney!
The concept and organization of the Virtual Queen’s Prize Tourney will be similar to last year’s installment with the notable difference of an added face to face discussion opportunity between the candidates and their advisors. The intent of the Queen’s Prize Tourney is to provide a platform for anybody to receive constructive feedback on their work in a friendly and non-competitive environment and to stimulate enthusiasm and motivation within our A&S community by sharing our art. As always, the Queen’s Prize Tourney is not a competition and the goal is not to receive the highest score. In fact, you will not receive a score at all! Instead, you will be meeting online with a panel of advisors to share and discuss your entry that together with written feedback will hopefully help you in growing your skill and knowledge or help us by teaching us something new about your passion.
We have created an online entry form, where you can upload some basic information, your documentation, and a few photographs. The entries will be publicly shared during the month of May on the official website of the Office of the Minister of Arts & Sciences. Detailed information will be announced as soon as we have the website up and running, at which time the Tourney will be open to enter. Entries will be accepted until midnight May 31st. All the entries will be shared with the populace and the populace will have a chance to ask questions or leave constructive feedback to the individual entrants. The open online period of comments and suggestions will be followed by a private face-to-face discussion between each entrant and a panel of advisors. These sessions will be scheduled in the 2nd and 3rd week of June in consultation with the people involved. The Tourney will be concluded on June 26th with a public zoom session followed by Court.
With travel restrictions easing and small meetings with the proper recommended precautions being a possibility, we strongly encourage any and all entries that need to be sniffed, tasted, or quaffed for proper feedback! We will try very hard to match each entry with a panel of tasters in a way that works with the individual entrants. We also gladly receive research papers, since the online submission of your entry at least a week or two before the face-to-face discussion offers us the unique opportunity to give research papers the attention they deserve. The online nature of the Tourney also gives us a chance to share your bardic entries and get that amazing close-up look on scribal entries in a way that is much harder to achieve in the traditional on-site event. In short, anything and everything is welcome and we’re looking forward to seeing a wide spectrum of contributions.
As is traditional, Their Royal Majesties will pick their favorite entries. Additionally, to show our appreciation to those artisans who go the extra mile to document their projects in such depth and detail that not having them in hand does not seem a handicap, the Kingdom Office of Arts & Sciences will again sponsor an extra prize for documentation that went above and beyond the usual. This could include, but is not limited to, detailed photo journals, video journals, illustrations, blueprints, step-by-step instructions – anything to help enhance our virtual experience of your fabulous project!
We want to emphasize that we totally love to see partial projects! You don’t need to have a completely finished project to enter. Prior entry in another competition or display also does not disqualify you from entering: we love to see continued progress on existing projects. Their Sylvan Majesties and the Kingdom Office of Arts & Sciences are very much looking forward to seeing what our kingdom continues to offer! We all hope this challenge will offer inspiration, and a welcome distraction from these still unusual times.
Yours in Service,
Hrólfr and Elska á Fjárfelli
Robert of Ferness