The American Coronet pageant was founded in 2002 as an alternative to the pricey pageants full of hidden expenses with a focus on outer beauty. American Coronet values community service and achievement aspects of pageantry over the hotel ballrooms and hairspray.
American Coronet delegates compete in areas of competition demonstrating character and community involvement. The pageant is held 100% online through electronic submissions with no travel, wardrobe, admissions, or other expenses.
How it Works
After entering, each national contestant will receive an appointed title (first-come, first-serve so enter early to get your state!. State crowns and banners are available to each state queens once their entry fee is paid in full. She is encouraged to make appearances and use her title to promote her platform in her community. There are no hidden fees or extra costs to be eligible for extra awards.
Delegates compete online and are scored on Resume, Photogenic, Community Involvement, Leadership, and with 3 essays. Our competition is via an online portfolio system where delegates submit their materials in proprietary form which accepts rich text copy/pasted in or typed directly, photo uploads, document uploads, and video links. The delegates may edit their portfolios up to the entry deadline (April 30th), at which portfolios are sent to judges for scoring. You can see an example of what a Judging Portfolio looks like here.
- Little Miss – Age 12 & under
- Teen – Age 13-18
- Miss* – Age 19-30 (never married + no children)
- Mrs.* – Age 18+ (married)
- Ms* – Age 19-30 (widowed/divorced/has children), 31-49 (never or not currently married) *If you qualify for Miss, Mrs., or Mrs. Classic, you are not eligible for Ms
- Ms. Classic – Age 50+ (any marital status)
*Beginning with 2021 state titles, these divisions will be adjusted as follows: Miss age 19-30 unmarried, Mrs. age 19-49 married, Ms. age 31-49 unmarried.
Contestants are judged on their lifetime of achievement. Birthdates including year are included on judging packets for Little Miss, Teen, & Miss to ensure there is no dis-advantage for younger contestants. Judges are instructed to include age as a factor for younger contestants and interview essay questions will be age appropriate.
Delegates compete online and are scored on Resume, Photogenic, Community Involvement, Leadership, and with 3 essays. Our competition is via an online portfolio system where delegates submit their materials in proprietary form which accepts rich text copy/pasted in or typed directly, photo uploads, document uploads, and video links. The delegates may edit their portfolios up to the entry deadline (April 30th), at which portfolios are sent to judges for scoring.
Areas of Competition
- Resume (10%) – Prepare a resume listing academic achievements, extra-curricular involvements, program participations, career details, etc. Be sure to highlight everything that makes you you. Younger contestants should list any programs or athletics they are involved with including Mommy & Me classes. This area is a great introduction so include what sets you apart. Think quality over quantity.
- Photogenic (15%) – Select two recent color or black & white photograph showcasing your personality. Professional photographs are not required, but typically score well. We recommend one headshot and one 3/4-to-full-length shot.
- Community Service & Involvement (15%) – What organizations have you been involved with? Do you like to volunteer? Let us know how you are involved in your community.
- Talents & Skills (10%) – What are your passions & special talents? Are you an artist? An Athlete? An author? Showcase your unique abilities.
- Leadership (10%) – List any opportunities you’ve had to lead any group large or small. Include leadership in school, your career, sports teams, etc.
- Academics (10%) – Where do/did you attend school? What extracurricular activities are/were important to you? Submit any report cards, transcripts, diplomas, or other awards.
- 3 Essays (10% each) – Contestants will be given 3 essay questions to answer in 350 words or less and will be scored for each essay based on thoughtfulness, honesty, and quality. Contestants will be given age-appropriate essay questions based on their division. Little Miss contestants may receive help as needed with the reading and writing, but the content must be her own. All other contestants must write their essays independently.
Registered delegates will login to the website and complete their Judging Profiles (see our Sample Contestant’s Judging Portfolio). Each section will have a rich text area where you can write or copy/paste details with formatting and even the ability to embed YouTube videos as well as the option to upload supporting attachments. It is recommended that you complete these submissions in a Word or Cloud document first, then copy/paste or save as a PDF & upload. Judges will be able to view and score all materials uploaded to contestant profiles.
National results are announced online on May 15th and prizes are shipped to national queens.
Our program is often imitated, but never duplicated. That is why or delegates return year after year to be a part of the American Coronet program.
The national pageant is held online. Each contestant will complete an online portfolio which includes a resume, photogenic photo, essays, and details about her community involvement and leadership. Judges from around the country will score each section and the contestant in each age division with the highest overall score will win the national queen’s title.
Each state queen accepted to the American Coronet national pageant receives their state title, and is eligible to receive our official state crown, and high quality satin banner. State Queens are encourage to make public appearances in their crown and banner and agree to submit a photo in their regalia to the national pageant for use online and in promotional materials.
The contestant in each age division who receives the highest score will earn the National American Coronet title for her division. Each queen will receive a high quality crown, rhinestone trimmed banner, and title for 1 year.
Other National Awards
The highest score in each area of competition will receive an award plaque. The top 5 in each division receive an award medal. Each contestant who completes their judging portfolio is awarded a national finalist award medal.
Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
We are a Certifying Organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service awards. All state queens in good standing are invited to log & submit volunteer hours for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. American Coronet certifies state queens’ hours and presents awards earned along with any other awards earned at the national pageant. These awards are based on hours and are not scored by judges. Reigning state and national queens are eligible. Learn more about PVSA here.