Northwest Master slave Contest
Northwest Master and slave: Serving the community as a very special pair of ambassadors. The Northwest regional Master slave contest takes place at Northwest Leather Celebration. This contest celebrates the Master/slave dynamic by providing positive outreach to the community at large. The purpose is education - promotion of healthy leather and M/s relationships.
To qualify, contestants must have been in their current self-identified Master/slave relationship for at least one full year. The contest is for pairs who identify as Master and slave regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. The titles are not about a particular look, dress, body type, nor is there a required set of protocols that contestants are expected to follow. Contestants are not required to have a formal platform, however, questions from the judges regarding any specific plans or goals are appropriate.
The Northwest Master slave Contest is one of the five feeder contests (Great Lakes, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest) to the International Master slave contest held at South Plains Leatherfest in Dallas, Texas each March. Winners of the Northwest Master slave Contest are expected to enter the International contest and represent the Northwest region at the South Plains Leatherfest. With the sole exception of the International Master slave contest at South Plains Leatherfest, the Northwest regional titleholders may not singly, as a pair or as part of another pair/triad, etc. compete in any other titleholder contest throughout the duration of their title year.
Contestants are Judged in Five Areas
1) an interview with the judging panel
2) two-minute speech given on stage by each contestant
3) a brief (10 minute) educational presentation pertaining to M/s
4) answers to randomly selected questions (pop question) given to each Master and slave on stage
5) the pair's M/s dynamic as observed by the judges throughout the contest weekend.
Possible Points are Awarded as Follows
- Interview with Judges (up to 150 points)
- Speech (up to 100 points total for both speeches)
- Presentation (up to 100 points)
- On-stage ("Pop") Question (up to 75 points for both answers)
- Master/slave Dynamic (up to 75 points)
A minimum of 70% of the possible points available are required to win, regardless of the number of contestant pairs competing. There are seven judges and the high and low scores are eliminated.
Additional Titleholder Responsibilities
As previously stated, the titleholders mission is to educate the leather and M/s communities about the Master/slave lifestyle by attending (and preferably teaching at) at minimum of four events during their title year. These events need not be large events. Presentations at smaller events, such as local MAsT chapter meetings or for one's local dungeon or club fulfills the requirement just as well as presentations offered at large, full weekend conferences.
In addition to these responsibilities, the winning pair is required to provide quarterly activity and expense reports to the contest Owners. The travel fund is disbursed quarterly. Titleholders who serve less than a full year will not receive the entire year's travel fund.
Regional M/s titleholders must agree that during the period between their respective regional M/s contests and the International M/s Contest, they will not engage in interviews with or appear in “vanilla”mainstream media (whether print, television, film, radio or internet based) to discuss or call attention to the International Master slave Contest or Regional Contests without the express written consent of the Owners/Producers of the International Master slave Contest. International Master slave titleholders must agree not to engage in interviews with or appear in “vanilla”mainstream media (whether print, television, film, radio or internet based) during their title year in any way without the specific consent of the Owners/Producers.
In addition, after their title year, former International and Northwest Master slave titleholders may not identify themselves as former titleholders or display the Master/slave titleholder logo or patch or the contest host event logo in interviews with or appearances in “vanilla” mainstream media (whether print, television, film, radio or internet based) without the specific consent of the contest Owners/Producers.
In addition to promoting the Master/slave lifestyle and representing the Northwest region at the International Mater/slave contest, the winning pair is expected to promote Northwest Leather Celebration the hosting event for the NW Master/slave contest, as well as help encourage and recruit the following year's contestants.
Contestant applications must be postmarked NO LATER THAN one month prior to the event.
The contest will be limited to the first four applications received so do not delay in submitting your contestant application!