First Annual Sojourner Bead Contest

TalismansWe can only believe that 2021 will bring amazing change: a chance to gather again, to go out, to see our friends, to enjoy life as we did. It will also bring the introduction of the first annual Sojourner bead contest. Each year, we will announce a theme and some guidelines. The entries will be due by March 15th and judging will be done by an independent panel of three judges who will choose a winner. First prize will be a $100 gift certificate to Sojourner, second prize a $50 gift certificate and third prize a $25 gift certificate.
In deference to the pandemic, the theme for 2021 is Talismans. Although we see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, this Winter we will still need to be cautious and protect ourselves and those we love. Throughout history people have worn talismans to protect themselves from a variety of evils. They wear them around their necks as jewelry or sew them to the back of their clothes to protect them from evils they cannot see coming. We thought this was the perfect theme for a year when we maybe have all been a little afraid of the pandemic.

Here are the rules:

You can make a necklace of any length. It can be comprised of any materials. It must contain a talisman. The talisman can be one that is universally recognized like an evil eye, Hand of Fatima, or Cross or you can use a personal talisman. For instance, I have a token that belonged to my father and when I wear it I feel he is offering me protection. You can include more than one talisman, but that will not necessarily increase your chances of winning.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
1.    Color and Form. This is how aesthetically pleasing your necklace is. The judges will look at the shapes you used and how well they go together as well as how well your chosen colors blend. This criteria will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10 and count towards 30 percent of the score.
2.    Technical Ability. This is how well your necklace is put together. Is the hardware correctly done and does the necklace look like it will stay together. Please note preference will not be given to one method of construction over another. The score will be awarded based on the technical mastery of whatever form you have chosen. This criteria will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10 and count towards 20 percent of the score.
3.    Use of Talisman(s). We want to know something about your talisman, especially if you choose to use a personal talisman. You will find a place on the entry form where we would like you to describe the talisman you use, what its significance is and why it means something to you. Then, the judges will evaluate if the talisman is the central focus of the necklace or does it get lost amongst the beads? Do the beads surrounding it have some meaning either established by tradition or made up by you? (Both are acceptable) For instance, did you use eye beads to bump up the protection element or do you feel safe when you wear orange, so you used all orange beads. This criteria will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10 and count towards 50 percent of the score.

Getting it to Us:

All entries are due by March 15th at 5 pm. Submit them safely packaged with this entry form.
In order for the contest to be as safe as possible you can get us your entry in a variety of ways:
1.    If you are comfortable visiting, bring it to us during regular business hours.
2.    Mail it to Sojourner, 26 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
3.    Pull up to the store during regular business hours and call us at 609-397-8849. One of use will come out wearing a mask and pluck it from your trunk
4.    Amy will come pick it up from your front porch within a 10 mile radius of Sojourner. Just call or text her and we will make a plan. 908-334-1311

Winner Announcement:

Winners will be announced on Monday, March 29th. Winners will be emailed and results will be announced on Facebook, Instagram, and on Sojourner’s web site.

Getting it back to You:

At the conclusion of the contest, all entries will be returned to you in the way in which we received them from you.