Summer Collegia XI Bardic Competition Rules

Bards of renown and bards as yet unknown are invited to entertain or sadden the audience in this competition. There will be a PRIZE for the winner!

You can sing, recite poetry or tell a story. The theme must be true to period and neither content nor style should jarringly recall us to modern times. Original works, period-seeming works and actual period works are all acceptable.

There is a 10 minute time limit per competitor. If you have more than one entry, they will be judged as a single presentation and the total time you can have for all of them is 10 minutes. Entries in other languages besides Modern English are perfectly acceptable.

Our Judges are two Laurels, Duchess Katrina of Iron Mountain and Master Geoffrey macDomnhuill.


The competition will take place during the lunch break; then judges will confer; then everyone will gather briefly after the first post-lunch class and the winner will be announced!


There are two opportunities for polishing your performance before the competition. Duchess Katrina will teach ‘How to Improve your Bardic Presentation’ during the first class period, then consult one-on-one with competitors as time allows during the second class period (right before lunch).

9:45 a.m. / Library How to Get the Most out of Your Bardic Performance (aka How to Improve Your Bardic Performance) Duchess Katrina of Iron Mountain, OL

10:55 a.m. / Library Bardic Performance Review One-on-one counselling on your bardic presentation, as time allows. For Bardic Performance competitors only. Duchess Katrina of Iron Mountain, OL

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Bardic Performance Competition

1:30 p.m. Judges will confer during this class period, determining the winner.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Judges will present the winner with the Award! To be provided by Sir Geoffrey macDomnhuill, this item is particularly suitable for a bard.