Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the Arts and Sciences in Cynagua! Here you will find information about the upcoming competitions, events and links to other A&S pages. We can be found at events near the eric, in the white and gold striped sunshade.

Linnet Hatfield
Arts and Sciences Officer, Cynagua

Participating in a competition is a fairly simple process. First, check the Competition Calendar in The Page to get your instructions (time limitations, themes, etc.). Next, do some research on the topic, and outline a few pages of documentation. Complete your project and write up your documentation. If you have any questions about the competition, feel free to contact me. I’ll either answer your questions, or put you in touch with a mentor to help you prepare.

A note on Documentation, keep it short, 1-3 pages is usually sufficient and about all the time judges have to read through. Don’t put your name on it; you will be assigned an entry number as these are anonymous entries when they are presented to the judges.

The format of Documentation:

What, When, Where, Who and How

An introduction to the topic.
A paragraph on how it was done in period.
A paragraph explaining what you did, what was different.
A conclusion that might include what you learned.
Attaching pictures/articles helps.

The format of Conjecture:

What, When, Where, Who and How applies here as well. A photo of your inspiration and details of how you got to your finished pieces from there.

Those who fight in the lists may drop off their A&S entries on Friday night for ‘early entry’. We will provide a storage space and have the entry forms ready anytime after 6 pm.

The standard drop-off deadline is 1pm on the Saturday of the event (unless otherwise posted). The drop-off location is the Arts & Sciences pavilion, usually located on the eric (which is the oval field in the center of the event), and flys an A & S banner, so it’s easy to locate. All pieces submitted by the drop off deadline will be judged. To enter the competition, just sign up for each entry on the appropriate sign-in sheet. Your piece will be assigned a number-any work that isn’t numbered is considered to be a display piece only and will not be judged. All items may be picked up after 3pm. Judging sheets may be picked up after the results have been announced in court. If the piece is not picked up by the end of the event (when the A & S pavilion is taken down), it will be turned over to Lost and Found.

Canceled Competitions:

If there are three or more entrants in a competition, the winner is the entry with the highest score. If there are less than three entries, the winner is the entry with the highest score over 66% of the available points (currently the highest score over 35). If there is only one entry, the entry will be judged, but there will be no competition – however points will count towards the Lumen Cynagua.

About the Judges and Judging Sheets:

Every effort is made to find judges who are knowledgeable about the particular topic of the competition, but we are limited to those individuals present at the event and available at the time of the competition. Judges are asked to sign their names on the judging sheets, and all judging sheets are returned to the entrants. We consider judging forms to be private, so they will be returned directly to the entrant, and are not available for perusal by other entrants or by the populace. If the entrant does not pick them up, they can be retrieved from the A&S Officer at a subsequent event.

The A & S Token:

The winners of each competition are recognized in Court at the event, and are rewarded with the A & S token. They are also recognized in The Vox in the Arts & Sciences column.


We always have table space and invite members of the Populace to display their arts & science projects, either completed or in process. This helps inspire others and demonstrates the talent that is Cynagua!

Upcoming Workshops/Events:

We have begun to hold workshops throughout the Principality and a full day of classes at the Spring Coronet. If you have a class that you’d like to offer to teach or ideas on classes you’d like to take, please send us an email!

A&S Champion – The Lumen Cynagua:

There is an annual A&S Championship competition that is only open to Cynaguans. The competition begins with Spring Coronet and concludes with Winter Investiture. The Lumen Cynagua Medallion is then presented to the A&S Champion at the following Spring Coronet. There are 8 Arts and Sciences competitions held throughout this year-long period. A competitor must enter a minimum of four of these to be eligible. Multiple items may be entered in each category, however, only the highest score will count towards the Championship overall score. The A&S Champion is known as the “Lumen Cynagua,” representing the light of art and learning in the Principality. The Champion’s responsibility is to encourage participation in and an appreciation of the arts and sciences in Cynagua.

Congratulations to Linnet Hatfield, our newest Champion!
Former A&S Champions: Vigdis vestfirzka, Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, Danae FitzRoberts, Clarice Walker, Joan the Harper

Upcoming Competitions:


January 2017 Investiture:

Arts:  New Year, New Art – Learn something new, research it, and make something wonderful

Sciences: Metal – Use a process that requires metal in it. Either making something out of metal or something that has metal bits and/or uses metal tools.