Eligibility and Fees

For both State and National level competitions, all contestants must be female and must participate in the appropriate division according to their age on January 1, 2021 unless otherwise noted below. Contestants/Parents understand that documentation may be requested for any claims made in performance of the pageant. Any request for clarification or variance on these requirements must be submitted to the National Director and the decision of the National Director will be final.

State Pageants

Age Divisions

Our state pageants feature six age divisions: Princess (3-6), Sweetheart (7-9), Preteen (10-12), Junior Teen (13-15), Teen (16-18), and Coed (19-24) with ages determined as of January 1st of competition year.

Phases of Competitions

State level pageants offer contestants the opportunity to compete in three overall phases of competition for a chance to represent their state at our National Finals. These phases are: ​ Personal Interview where contestants will be able to have a conversation with each of our judges one by one, Interview Appearance & Introduction where contestants will model their interview outfit and give a 30 second speech about themselves,  and Eveningwear where contestants will show their confidence, personality, personal style,  and poise as they compete in the gown of their choice

Scoring and Judging

All events are equally weighted. Judges will score independently and will not form any decisions based on consensus. Final results are determined by the total of all scores, no final ranking will be performed. Contestants will not be permitted to discuss the results with the judges but will have the opportunity to request their scores and comments from the national office. Additional guidance, rules, and information will be provided in the State Handbook & Newsletters.

National Competitions

Age Divisions

Our National Queens Competition has 9 age divisions: Princess (3-6), Sweetheart (7-9), Preteen (10-12), Junior Teen (13-15), Teen (16-18), Coed (19-24), Ms. (25-34), Woman (35-44), and Classic Woman (45 and up) and our National Victory Competition has 7 age divisions: Princess (3-6), Sweetheart (7-9), Preteen (10-12), Junior Teen (13-15), Teen (16-18), Coed (19-24), and Ms. (25 and up). All ages are determined as of January 1st of competition year. Contestants under the age of 25 that have children, are married, or divorced will be eligible to compete in the Ms. Division.

Phases of Competition

During our National Pageant contestants will compete in the following three preliminary phases of competition: ​ Personal Interview where contestants will be able to have a conversation with each of our judges one by one,  Interview Appearance & Introduction where contestants will model their interview outfit and give a 30 second speech, and Eveningwear where contestants will show their confidence and poise as they are featured in the gown of their choice. Our National Victory contestants will compete in the three above preliminary competitions as well as their choice of live optional competitions.

National Queens Competition 

Our National Queens competition is our main event open to the following contestants:
-Winners of our State Pageants
-Queens Appointed for states where no pageant was held
-Queens Appointed for divisions that are not offered at the State Level
-Queens Appointed by the National Office
-Former State Queens who have not yet moved up to the next age division
-Runners up from our State Pageants ​

Our National Miss American Coed age divisions are:
-Princess (ages 3-6)
-Sweetheart (ages 7-9)
-Preteen (ages 10-12)
-Junior Teen (ages 13-15)
-Teen (ages 16-18)
-Coed (ages 19-24)
-Ms. (ages 25-34)
-Woman (ages 35-44)
-Classic Woman (45 and up)

National Victory Competition

Our National Victory competition is a secondary national program open to the following contestants:
-Winners of our State Pageants
-Contestants from our State Pageants
-Runners up from our State Pageants
-Contestants Appointed in states where no pageant was held
-Contestants Appointed for Ms. Division not offered at the State Level
-Contestants Appointed by the National Office
-Former Queens who have not yet moved up to the next age division ​

Our National Miss American Victory age divisions are:
-Princess (ages 3-6)
-Sweetheart (ages 7-9)
-Preteen (ages 10-12)
-Junior Teen (ages 13-15)
-Teen (ages 16-18)
-Coed (ages 19-24)
-Ms. (ages 25 and up)

Scoring and Judging

In the National Queens competition scores from our three required events will form the Preliminary Score and determine our Top Finalists. During the final pageant our Top Finalists will compete one last time in both Eveningwear and Introduction and be given a Final Pageant score. The Final Pageant and Preliminary Scores are added together to determine our Winner and court. ​

In the National Victory Competition the total of our three required events and the contestant's highest live optional will be used to determine our winner and court. Contestants may choose to enter Victory Only or participate in both Victory and the National Queens Competition. ​

All events are equally weighted. Judges will score independently and will not form any decisions based on consensus. Final results are determined by the total of all scores, no final ranking will be performed. Contestants will not be permitted to discuss the results with the judges but will have the opportunity to request their scores and comments from the national office. Additional guidance, rules, and information will be provided in the National Handbook & Newsletters

Entry Fee Information

National Queens Competition
Title Fee

$550

This fee applies to our appointed titleholders competing in the Princess, Sweetheart, Preteen, Junior Teen, Teen, and Coed divisions. Winners of our state pageants receive this fee paid for them and are only required to pay their $300 entry fee

National Queens Competition
Entry Fee

$300

This fee applies to all contestants- both appointed and state winners- in the Princess, Sweetheart, Preteen, Junior Teen, Teen, and Coed age divisions competing for the National Queens Competition 

National Victory Competition
Title Fee

$450

This fee applies to contestants competing exclusively for the Miss American Victory titles. To to be eligible for this competition contestants must compete in at least one on stage optional competition which have a $150 entry fee

National Ms. Divisions
Entry Fee

$650

This fee applies to contestants competing for the titles of Ms. American Coed, Ms. American Woman, and Ms. American Classic Woman 

National Optional Competitions

$150

This fee applies to all age groups for each entry in  the Talent, Speech, Actress, Fashion, Model, and Photogenic competitions. Price is per entry

State Pageant Entry

$275

This fee applies to contestants competing at our state pageants and includes the required opening number t-shirt

National Victory
Add On Fee

$150

This fee applies to contestants who are already competing in our National Queens Competition and would like to also compete for the National Victory title as well. To be eligible for Victory, contestants must compete in at least one on stage optional competition which have a $150 entry fee

National Advertising Fee
Full Page

$300

This fee applies only to those that wish to purchase or sell advertising pages in the national program book to promote businesses and organizations in their community and to compete for our National Cover Girl title

National Opening Number Outfit

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All national contestants will be required to purchase an opening number outfit to be worn during their final pageant. Size information, pricing, and photos will be included in your upcoming national newsletters