The Southwest Master/slave Contest celebrates the Master and slave dynamic and is a positive outreach effort to the community at large to educate and build upon healthy Master and slave relationships. The Southwest Master and slave titles are not about a particular “look,” dress, body type, gender or sexual orientation and there is no required set of protocols that the winners are expected to follow. The Southwest Master and slave represent the community with integrity and enthusiasm. The contest is for couples who self identify as Master/slave regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
The Southwest Master/slave contest is a feeder contest for the International Master/slave contest held at South Plains Leatherfest in Dallas, Texas. Winners of the 2017 Southwest Master/slave contest will enter the International Master/slave contest representing the Southwest region in early spring 2018.
The growth of Master/slave communities at local levels in the Southwest region prompted the introduction of State Master/slave Feeder Contests in 2014. Some states in the region have established M/s contests and some states have producers who are currently in the planning stages. Contestant pairs from states with active Master/slave feeder contests must compete and win that feeder contest to compete in the Southwest Master/slave contest. If a state does not have a state level feeder contestant pairs can enter Southwest Master/slave contest directly.
- Arizona – Contest scheduled for September 2016
- Colorado – Contest held April 2016
- Southern California – Contest held April 2016
- Texas – Open to all applicants for SWLC 2017
- Hawaii – Open to all applicants for SWLC 2017
- Nevada (South of Reno) - Open to all applicants for SWLC 2017
- New Mexico - Open to all applicants for SWLC 2017
- Oklahoma – Open to all applicants for SWLC 2017
- Utah - Open to all applicants for SWLC 2017
Requirements and Expectations for Contestants and Titleholders
- Contestant pairs must self-identify as Master and slave.
- Contestants must be at least 21 years old.
- Contestants must reside in the southwest region, defined as Arizona, California (south of the Bay area), Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada (south of Reno), New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Titleholders must reside in the region throughout their title year.
- Contestants must possess a current and legal Drivers License or Identification Card from their state of residence.
- If the state you reside in has an active feeder contest, you must compete and win at that level to be able to compete in the Southwest Master/slave contest. If your state does not have a state level feeder you can enter Southwest Master/slave contest directly.
- Contestants and titleholders must be willing and able to be photographed without disguise or concealment for public distribution of photos/videos and other likenesses in any and all media.
- Contestants must be able to be at the hotel by 9:00 am on Friday January 20th.
- Contestant pairs must have been in a self-identified Master and slave relationship with each other for at least one year prior to running for the Southwest Master/slave title.
- The contestants must be willing, should they win, to travel to a minimum of four events or Leather/BDSM group meetings to present on Master and slave relationships and represent the title.
- The winning Master and slave pair will compete at the International Master/slave Contest in Dallas, Texas in early Spring 2018.
- The titleholders are strongly encouraged to attend more than the minimum number of events and to seek out every opportunity to speak on Master and slave relationships.
- The titleholders must be willing to speak on Master and slave relationships to all segments of the Leather/BDSM community.
- The titleholders may accept additional monetary support from groups, event sponsors or individuals to cover travel expenses, and may raise additional money to cover travel expenses through fundraising activities. The titleholders may not receive payment above and beyond actual travel expenses for speaking engagements or other activities performed in their role as Southwest Master/slave during the title year.
- The titleholder will make monthly (minimum) updates on a blog on the SWLC website. Content can include thoughts, experiences, schedules, photos, and other appropriate information.
- The titleholder may accept additional monetary support from groups, event sponsors or individuals to cover travel expenses, and may raise additional money to cover travel expenses through fundraising activities. The titleholder may not receive payment above and beyond actual travel expenses for speaking engagements or other activities performed in their role as Southwest Bootblack during the title year with the exception of gratuities for bootblacking services.
- The titleholders will be required to submit a quarterly report to the SWLC executive committee. This report will include their activities in support of the title and a final financial report on the use of the travel fund and any other funds raised or received during the title year to help defray travel expenses.
- Given the time commitment necessary, the Southwest Master/slave titleholders must agree not to compete for, hold, or produce another contest based title during their Southwest title year.
- Should the Southwest Master and slave titleholders become unable to carry out the requirements of the title, the SWLC Executive Committee will determine in what manner the title will be represented for the remainder of the year in question.
- If the titleholder is unable to carry out the requirements of the title, any unspent travel funds will be returned to Butchmanns, Inc., along with a financial accounting of funds that have been spent to date.
- Butchmanns, Inc. reserves the right to recall the title from the current titleholder if, in its judgment, the titleholder has failed to substantially comply with or fulfill the obligations of the title.
- Interview with Judges (150 points) – During the interview category, the judges will direct questions to both the Master and the slave. The questions may address any aspect of Master and slave relationships, Leather history BDSM, and the contestants’ specific Master and slave relationship. Contestants are not required to have a formal “platform” however, questions from the judges regarding any specific plans or goals the contestants might have should they win the titles are quite appropriate. The interview session is open to all attendees of the contest weekend.
- Master/slave dynamic (75 points) – Contestants will be observed by the judges throughout the weekend and will be judged on how they interact and present themselves as Master and slave to the public. No particular form of “protocol” or dress is considered to be correct. The judges will be looking for contestants that are comfortable in their particular Master and slave dynamic.
- Presentation (100 points) -- Each contestant pair will be required to present a brief presentation on any issue relating to Master and slave relationships. Each contestant pair will be allowed no more than ten minutes total for the presentation. Contestant pairs are permitted to use hand outs, props or other visual aids in their presentations, but are not required to do so. If a contestant pair chooses to use hand outs or worksheets, it is the responsibility of the contestant pair to bring enough copies for at least the judges of the contest. If a contestant pair chooses to use props or other visual aids, the contestant pair is responsible for obtaining those items, including any equipment necessary to present a visual aid such as a projector, screen, etc. The cost of all hand outs, props and other visual aids will be the responsibility of the contestant pairs. Both the Master and slave must speak during the presentation. The presentation session will be open to all attendees of the Southwest Leather Conference. At the conclusion of the contestant pair’s presentation, if time permits, the contestant pair will answer questions from the audience about the presentation. The judges will not ask questions of the contestant pairs in this judging category unless there are no questions from the audience. This question and answer time will not exceed five minutes for any contestant pair.
- Speech (100 points) – The Master and the slave will each make an onstage speech during the contest on the topic of their choice. The Master will have two minutes for his or her speech and the slave will have two minutes. The Master and the slave are not required to speak on the same topic.
- On-stage question (75 points) – During the contest, each Master and slave will draw and answer a “pop” question while on stage. The questions will generally focus on Master and slave relationships or BDSM topics.
- There are seven judges for the Southwest Master/slave Contest.
- The Olympic scoring system will be used, i.e., the high score and low score for the contestants in each judging category will be thrown out and the remaining five scores will be averaged, giving a composite score for each category. The contestants’ composite scores for the five categories then will be added to give a final overall score. A perfect overall score would be 500.
- If a judge becomes incapacitated during the course of the Contest and is unable to carry out his/her duties as a judge that judge’s scores will be discarded. The remaining 6 judges will continue to score the Contest under the Olympic scoring system, with the lowest and highest scores of the remaining 6 judges dropped from the calculations.
- Contestants for the Southwest Master/slave contest will be given a joint score in all categories, as well as a joint overall score, rather than assigning separate scores for the Master and slave. For example, for the pop question category, the Master and slave contestant pair will receive a single, joint score of up to 75 points based on their responses to the questions they are asked.
- If there is only one contestant pair running for the title, the pair must receive a final overall score equal to 70% of the total possible. A perfect overall score would be 500; thus, the contestant pair must receive a final overall score of 350 in order to win the title.
SILENT AUCTION Fundraiser
- Contestants are required to bring items/certificates or a collection (basket) of items/certificates to be auctioned off during the contest weekend.
- Contestants may, if they wish, submit more than one collection but do note that two lower value collections are usually more popular and bring in more funds than one large collection.
- Many attendees will travel to and from the event by air, which may discourage them from bidding on large or heavy baskets. Thus, it is strongly recommend that contestants include a certificate for shipping if auction items are large.
- Each contestant pair will be allocated one 36” x 30” space for display of all auction items
- A typed listing of all auction items with donor names and values must be included with each collection.
- Auction items must be dropped off on Thursday evening January 19th between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm or Friday morning January 20th between 9:00 am and 10:30 am.
- The monies from all the silent auction items go into the Southwest Leather Conference contest winners travel fund.
Winners’ Choice - Charity
The winners of the Southwest Master/slave contest are expected to take advantage of their high profiles during their title year to engage in fundraising for a charity of their choice, community-based or otherwise. There is no specific monetary goal, only that an effort is made to use their appearances to a charitable advantage in some way.
Owner/Producers’ Guarantee for the Winner
The contest winners will receive the following:
- Complimentary event registration for all future SWLCs,
- SW titleholder patch
- SW titleholder medallion
- A blog on the SWLC website for a monthly column and travel itinerary.
- A travel fund based on the profit generated through the Silent Auction (some of that amount could be granted via in-kind donations (i.e. frequent flyer miles and hotel credits)