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Anyone may enter as long as the entrant makes their mead outside of a commercial setting. 

An entrant is one or more people submitting an entry. Entrant(s) of a mead must have actively contributed to mixing, fermenting, and bottling of an entry.

Every entrant must be at least 21 years of age.

THREE bottles are required. Please see Entry page for further details.

There is a limit of 5 entries an entrant may submit. The software will NOT control this so please only enter 5 to avoid back and forth communication to clarify intentions.

Entrants, either as primary or as a co-entrant, may submit multiple entries per category, no limit as long as each entry is distinctly different.

All entries become the property of the Valkyries Horn Mead Competition and will not be returned. Any questions or disputes will be settled by the competition organizers, and all decisions are final.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

The official style guidelines for this competition are the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines for Mead, Revision 2015. 

Every entry must be assigned a particular category and sub-category by the entrant, and according to these guidelines.

Competition staff is not permitted to categorize entries that arrive unlabeled, illegible or otherwise indiscernible as to the entry category.

Competition staff (including judges) are not permitted to re-classify or re-categorize incorrectly entered mead.

Please use a rubber band (no tape) to attach the identification label to each bottle.

Entries in category M1 (Traditional Mead), M2 (Fruit Mead), M3 (Spiced Mead), and M4 (Specialty Mead), must specify carbonation level.

Entries in sub-category M2 (Other Fruit Melomel), must specify the varieties of fruit used.

Entries in sub-category M3 (Spiced Mead), must specify the types of spices used.

Entries in sub-category M4B (Specialty Mead – Historical) and M4C (Specialty Mead – Experimental), must describe the special nature of the mead, whether it is a combination of existing styles, an experimental mead, a historical mead, etc.


Online registration eliminates the need to submit a paper entry form and will automatically generate bottle identification labels. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entries must be entered via the online entry system, and entries are not guaranteed until they are paid for.

The Competition Entry fee is $10.00 per entry. Payment by PayPal is REQUIRED when entering online.

Your entries are not guaranteed until payment is made.

Any entries not paid when the entry cap of 250 is reached will be disqualified.

Mead produced on commercial equipment is not permitted, and any such entries will be disqualified. If you have questions please email us at [email protected]

If you are entering as a home mead maker, you must produce the mead you enter on home mead making equipment in your home, and you are not deriving any income from the mead you are making at home.


Winners will be announced at 7pm on Saturday, September 19th through the internet (more to come on this topic in the near future). Please see the info page for additional information.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

35A Bochet (Custom Style) 36A M3a/M3b Fruit/Spice/Herb/Veg Awards Group 1 (Custom Style) 37A M1b Semi-Sweet Trad Awards Group 1 (Custom Style)
38A M1b Semi-Sweet Trad Awards Group 2 (Custom Style) 39A M2c Berry Awards Group 1 (Custom Style) 40A M2c Berry Awards Group 2 (Custom Style)
41A M3a/M3b Fruit/Spice/Herb/Veg Awards Group 2 (Custom Style) 42A M3a/M3b Fruit/Spice/Herb/Veg Awards Group 3 (Custom Style) M1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead M2A Cyser
M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead M2D Stone Fruit Mead
M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead M4C Experimental Mead


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Virtual Judging
Saturday, August 29, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Sunday, August 30, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Monday, August 31, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Friday, September 4, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT

Virtual Judging
Saturday, September 5, 2020 12:00 AM, CDT


Best of Show

Best of Show will receive the Valkyries Horn!

This is a drinking horn with the competition logo, Best Of Show, and year engraved into the surface, along with a horn stand for display.

Good Luck!



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table, metal medallions and ribbons will be awarded to all placements.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Score sheets will be available for download after the Best of Show and awards announcements. Awards be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Awards will be virtual and may be found at this location after 7pm on September 19th:


Awards Ceremony

Virtual Awards Ceremony
Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:00 PM, CDT