During the Preliminary Eliminations on Saturday, May 26, 2018, Junior, Senior and Regular Division contestants
play in random order following an 8:00 a.m. draw.


*Junior contestants should also read all of the Regular Division Rules, as many apply to both divisions!                                 

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ELIGIBILITY: Junior contestants are defined as those 17 years of age or under on the day of competition. Any contestant winning the Junior Division a total of three (3) times (not necessarily in consecutive years) may no longer compete in the Junior Division. However, the age requirement will be waived for them, and they may then compete in the Regular Division.

FORMAT: Up to twelve (12) Junior Division contestants play on Saturday and the Junior Division champ will be announced at the close of the Saturday competitions. Each Junior Division contestant must prepare two selections, but are not required to play mandatory standard tunes or comply with the “theme selection” as required in the Regular Division.

PRIZES: The Junior Champion is awarded a prize of $500 and a permanent trophy. A second place prize of $400, third place prize of $300, fourth place prize of $200 and a fifth place prize of $100 will be awarded. The Junior Division champion is traditionally invited to make a special appearance Sunday afternoon to play a tune on stage prior to the beginning of the competitions.

TIME LIMIT: A total of eight (8) minutes playing time is allowed for each contestant’s performance of both their tunes (not including time for audience applause, interview time with the emcee, etc.). The penalty for playing in excess of the time limit prescribed is five (5) points for each 30 seconds, or fraction thereof, of overtime.

ENTRY FEE: The entry fee for the Junior Division is $40 with a penalty fee for late entry $25. This entry fee is not refundable unless the contest is canceled.

PARENTAL CONSENT: Contestants in the Junior Division must have their entry confirmed by a parent or guardian by means of a separate email to the Contest Director at oldtimepianocontest@olemiss.edu