This prize will be given for the best research paper entry (i.e. not documentation for another entry, but an entry on its own). The judges will be looking for use of sources, critical thinking, analysis, and original thought.
This prize will be given for the documentation that best demonstrates the process of creating the entry from start to finish, including discussion of experiments (successful or not) and/or the visual documentation of the process of creation, as well as how well support from sources and resources is used to back up the documentation.
Details: Did your project explode? Burn to a crisp? Harm innocent pets? Did something not turn out quite the way you hoped–but your project was a success because you stared that problem down and learned from it? This is a prize for the persistent, for those not afraid to experiment, who know that failure is the key to success.
Details: This can be a project of any discipline, which is related to the work, play or survival of the lower classes of any time period covered by the SCA. For example, agricultural labourers, herdsmen, indentured servants, etc. This is an opportunity for people to enter the world of the real majority of medieval lives, and for a project that isn't “shiny” to be rewarded.
Details: Chosen from vocal performance entries that meet at least one of the following criteria: performance of extant music from any time period covered by the SCA, performance of original music authored in the style of extant music from any time period covered by the SCA, performance of original music about events that occurred in any time period covered by the SCA, performance of music using a vocal technique and ornamentation style that was popular in a particular place and time period covered by the SCA.
Details: Chosen from instrumental performance entries that meet at least one of the following criteria: performance of extant music from any time period covered by the SCA, performance of original music authored in the style of extant music from any time period covered by the SCA, performance of music on a period instrument, performance of music using a technique and ornamentation style that was popular in a particular place and time period covered by the SCA.
Details: Chosen from research entries focused on some aspect of music from any time period covered by the SCA. This could be anything from music theory or notation, to stylistic observations about music from a particular time and place, to articles on the place of music in society, to studies of music crafted for a particular purpose (e.g. for dance, theater, court, home, pubs, gossip transmission, etc), to using some aspect of extant music to support some other aspect of SCA research and historical knowledge (e.g. using song lyrics to support the existence of a particular fashion or societal trend, using extant instruments or instrument construction treatises to support other woodworking projects, etc).
Details: Armour! It's too easy to forget that all the hard work put into making that armour so it functions on the field, is an art and science. Only accepting pieces you made yourself. Judged on; 'Period accuracy', 'Marshal approved', & 'Impress the Troops' Winner decided by judges scoring. Using 'Febreze' on it once before display might help sway judges opinion.
Details: Any project that uses in it's production, one or more plant grown by the individual. Will be looking at effort in growing and maintaining the plant, as well as effort processing the plant (or it's parts) for the project.
Details: This award is to recognize an artisan that most creatively manages to produce a work with medieval appearance and/or function where modern constraints of the SCA or mundane laws or rules preclude using period techniques or materials for part of the piece.
Chosen from all items which have been embroidered, or have embroidery on them, and which best demonstrate the embroiderer's understanding of the type of embroidery completed, demonstrate accurate execution of technique or techniques and demonstrate an understanding of its historical context.