Become a Candidate

To become Miss America, a candidate must first enter and win a local competition, and then compete to represent her state—a process requiring hard work and personal commitment. As a state titleholder, a contestant may only compete once at the national Miss America Competition.

Look for Application Information in Late Spring 2022!

For the Miss Program You Must:

  • Be at least nineteen (19) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.
  • Must not be older than twenty-six (26) years of age as of December 31st of the year of the State Competition in which she competes.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot turn twenty-seven (27) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she could compete at the State Competition. (Calendar Year defined as January 1st through December 31st).
  • For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot be eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition. If the candidate is eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition, then she must compete in the MAOTeen program.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Residency
    Must fulfill one of the following:

    1. Must reside in the local area of competition
    2. Be enrolled in and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university in the local area of competition
    3. Be employed on a full-time basis in the local area in which she intends to compete.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization. 
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state and national competition(s) in which you compete.
  • Candidates must meet all additional requirements pursuant to the Miss America State and Local Application & Agreement:         Full Miss Program Requirements

 

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization hosts a national competition intended to encourage and reward the talent, communication skills, community service, and academic achievement of girls between 13 and 18 years of age.

To become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, a contestant must first compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. To compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program, you need commitment, perseverance, talent and ambition.

To compete in the Teen Program you must:

  • Must be at least thirteen (13) years on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes.
  • Must be no older than eighteen (18) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she could compete.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot turn nineteen (19) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she could compete at the State MAOTeen Competition (January 1st through December 31st).
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Residency
    Must fulfill one of the following:

    1. Must reside in the local area of competition
    2. Be enrolled in and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited public or private school, or home schooled within the local area of competition. 
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
  • Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.
  • Candidates must meet all additional requirements pursuant to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen State and Local Application & Agreement: Full Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program Requirements

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Check back in late Spring 2022 for applications to compete in MWS 2023!