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.

Deadline for 2022 Competition is July 26, 2021.  Apply Now!

For the Miss Program You Must:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the Local Competition in which she competes.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED) by July 31st in the calendar year of the Local Competition in which she competes.
  • Must not be older than twenty-five (25) years of age as of December 31st of the year of the Local Competition in which she competes.
  • For avoidance of doubt, a candidate cannot turn twenty-six (26) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she will compete at State.
  • For avoidance of doubt, 13-17 year old high school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain city or state.
  • 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.

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 17 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 of age on the first day of the Local Competition in which she competes.
  • Must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • For avoidance of doubt, 13-17 year old high school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
  • 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.

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Deadline for 2022 Competition is July 26, 2021