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If you are planning on competing in a pageant, the first step is completing an entry form and/or biography sheet. Many contestants don't spend enough time and effort on their bio and application, and they don't realize the importance of submitting a good one. This form is often shared with the judges before your contest, so it will be their first impression of you. Make it a good one.

Never turn in a handwritten form. It must be typed or printed. This is just like a application for a job -- which holding a title is -- and it must be professional. Keep to the size of the form that is used. If it is one page, don't re-create it and use more pages. Usually, a judge will only read the first page.

Fill in all areas and answer all questions. If there is a question where you don't quite understand what is expected, call the pageant director for clarification. Answer questions honestly. Don't ever lie, as you never know how much background checking will be done. On the other hand, don't be afraid to brag a little about your accomplishments.

Use complete sentences and avoid starting every sentence with "I." Use good descriptive language and keep your sentences interesting. Create an interest in who you are. You don't need to tell your life story, but give them enough information so the judges will look forward to meeting you.

When asked about accomplishments and awards, tell about current and relevant ones. College students should tell about awards they have won since attending college. A spelling bee won in the first grade isn't relevant or current.

Make sure you know everything on your application bio. If you state you like a certain author or musician, make sure you know everything you can about that person. The judges will often ask interview questions taken from your bio.

Use spell check; poor spelling gives a bad impression. Use good grammar. Read and re-read to correct any errors. Have someone else review it and give you feedback.

Make sure your application is submitted on or before the deadline. You want to give the pageant director a good impression of the type of title holder you will be.


Neatness counts.

Make several copies of your application/entry form before starting to fill it out, just in case you make mistakes.

Keep a copy of the finished form and have someone make up interview questions for you to answer.