Contestant Requirements

General Contestant Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Mississippi.
  • Must represent her hometown and/or county, not the city where she attends college. 
  • Must attend the entirety of State Competition, July 12 – 18, 2020.
  • Must be a high school graduate who attends or plans to attend college.
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 24 by the first day of judging,  which begins on Wednesday of competition week.
  • Must have never been married or have children.
  • Must be in good health.
  • Must not hold or pursue another title from the date she is crowned as a local Miss Hospitality through the conclusion of the State Competition or the end of her reign if crowned Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality.  
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 scholastic average (on a 4.0 system) and arrange a class schedule to be no more than 15 hours per semester if crowned the state title holder. Current transcript must be provided.
  • May participate on the state level a maximum of two times, with a mandatory 1-year minimum of no participation following her first competition. 

Qualities

Judging is based on the following criteria: the person selected must be intelligent, articulate, photogenic, aggressive without being forward or self-centered, dignified and attractive; have a friendly spirit that is natural and spontaneous; be in good health; be gracious and sincere; and possess a general knowledge of state tourist attractions, history, and economy. Special talents are not required, but accomplishments in public speaking and communication are of primary importance. 

State Competition Requirements

  • Local contestants chosen to represent their communities must attend a contestant workshop on May 30, 2020 in Hattiesburg. Staggered arrival times will be assigned, and official headshots will be taken during this event. In the case of a conflict, contact the State Office immediately. Contestants must also attend the entirety of competition in Hattiesburg the week of July 12-18, 2020. Housing, transportation, and an exciting lineup of events will be provided.  
  • Each contestant must submit her Official Competition Packet including typed application, medical release form, official transcript, 50-word typed biography, and ad sales and components in a single PDF file, along with  registration fee of $300 by May 15, 2020. A $50 late fee will be charged for packets received after this date.
  • Contestants must sell four (4) full pages of advertising at $350 per page in the Mississisppi Miss Hospitality Program Book.  
  • If a contestant currently attends or is enrolled in an out-of-state college or university and wins the State Competition, she must immediately enroll in a college or university in Mississippi. A scholarship will be provided.
  • Contestants must be able to do their own hair and make-up at the State Competition. There will be no one allowed in the dorm or backstage before competition.
  • Contestants must appoint a Little Miss Hospitality to serve alongside her during her reign and provide the Little Miss’ information to the State Office by March 27, 2020.

Deadlines

  • March 13, 2020 – Local Miss Hospitality contestants must be selected by this date. Local directors are to notify State Competition Officials with the name, address, and phone number of the local Miss Hospitality within one week of selection or by March 18, 2019. Contestants will not receive information regarding the State Competition until their information has been given to the State Office.
  • March 27, 2020 – Contestants must submit Little Miss Hospitality’s information to the State Office by this date.
  • May 15, 2020 – The deadline for all contestant materials to be received by the State Office. THIS DEADLINE WILL BE ENFORCED. A $50 late fee will be charged to the contestant if all materials are not received by this deadline. This deadline includes the $300 registration fee, which may be sponsored by a group, organization, or individual.