To qualify, contestants must self-identify as Leather, be active in the Community for at least one year, be at least 21 years of age by the application deadline, and live in the Northwest Region – Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The contest is open to those who identify as Leather regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. The title is not about a particular look, dress, body type. Contestants are not required to have a formal platform; however, questions from the judges regarding any specific plans or goals are appropriate.
The Northwest Person of Leather Contest is one of the Nine (9) feeder contests (Northwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Heartland, Great Lakes, Northeast, Southeast, Canada East, Canada West) to the International Person of Leather contest held at Sin in the City in Las Vegas, NV each February.
The titleholder's primary mission is to provide outreach and education to the leather, fetish/bdsm/kink, and M/s communities about the leather lifestyle by attending and participating at a minimum of four events during their title year. These events need not be large events. Attendance and participation at smaller events, such as for one's local dungeon or club, fulfill the requirement just as well as presentations at large weekend conferences.
The titleholder must also attend Northwest Leather Celebration the year following their victory and participate in the step down process. In addition to these responsibilities, the winner 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.
Winners of the Northwest Person of Leather Contest are required to enter the International contest and represent the Northwest Region at Sin in the City. With the sole exception of the International Person of Leather contest, the Northwest regional titleholder may not singly or as part of a pair/triad, etc. compete in any other title contest throughout the duration of their title year.
Regional Person of Leather titleholders must agree that during their regional title year and thereafter, 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 Person of Leather Contest or Regional Contests without the express written consent of the Owners/Producers of the International Person of Leather Contest and the Owners/Producers of the Northwest Regional Person of Leather Contest.
In addition to promoting the leather lifestyle and representing the Northwest region at the International Person of Leather contest, the winner is expected to promote Northwest Leather Celebration, the host event for the Northwest Person of Leather contest, as well as help recruit and encourage the following year's contestants.