Will you be our Surprise Judge in 2018?

To be a surprise judge, you must be pre-registered. Don’t miss out- register now and tell us you're interested in judging SELF 23!

Have you ever sat in the audience of a title contest mentally scoring the contestants? Have you ever watched a panel of judges and thought, "I could be up there!" Well, now is your chance to go straight to the top, no networking required. 

SELF is bringing back the opportunity this year, where you (yes, you) could be on the judging panel! This is not a gimmicky advertisement; we, the producer and board members of SELF, have had in-depth discussions about how to make our contest more interactive and inclusive of all attendees. From the inception of this program in 2014, we heard you loved it.

We believe that your opinion about our contestants should have a voice, and we trust in our SELF community enough to open up this opportunity to everyone. One of you will be sitting on our panel of highly recognized and experienced judges at SELF 23!

What Will it Be Like?

You will have the same perks, responsibilities, and opportunities as all the judges on our panel. You will sit with our other judges during the contest, and be introduced to the SELF audience as our 'surprise' judge. Your scoring will be included with the same weight as each judge. Be prepared to immerse yourself as a full participant on our panel, and keep the same schedule as our judges, including contest nights, meetings, and contestant interviews. Please see this sample judge's schedule:

Sample Judge's Schedule:


Judge's Orientation (afternoon meeting)


  • 3:30PM – 5:00PM, Spring: Master/slave Contestant Presentations
  • 10:30AM – 5:00PM, Patio: Bootblack contestant hours (check in several times to see contestants)
  • 8:00PM, Contest Part 1


  • 9:30AM, Spring: Contestant interviews 
  • 9:30AM1:30PM – 4:30PM, Patio: Bootblack contestant hours (check in several times to see contestants)
  • 7:00PM, RM 101: Step Down Reception
  • 8:00PM, Contest Part II (please arrive by 7:45PM)

How Do I Enter?

Enter our You Be the Judge! contest when you pre-register for SELF on our webiste. There will be an opportunity to enter the drawing during the pre-registration process. 

How is the Judge Chosen?

Our surprise judge will be picked at random as soon as online registration closes from the pre-registered attendees who indicate they would like to be a surprise judge. The judge will be contacted and provided a schedule. Judge must be ready to make initial meeting of judges on Thursday. If first picked judge cannot make the meeting, a second judge will be picked. Judge to be announced on May 21st and contacted via email/telephone call. (Dates may vary if registration is extended!) If Judge does not confirm by May. 22nd, a second judge will be picked. SELF will email and call to notify winner. 

Anything Else I Need to Know?

This position as a SELF judge will be limited to the dates of SELF 23 only, June 14-17, 2018. No monetary compensation will be provided - contest Judge is not a paid position. Judge must adhere to all regulations of the judge's handbook and SELF guidelines. SELF reserves the right to dismiss the individual from this position if rules and regulations are not complied with fully. 

You Be the Judge!


Dragon was raised by his WWII fighter-pilot father with many of the principles that would shape the Leather movement, but is a relative newcomer to the Lifestyle where he was happy to find there was a community and word for those who share his core beliefs. He has been slowly building his poly Leather household, Caer na’Drac, in the Northwest Georgia hills near Chattanooga. He is a proponent of the idea of the mission-driven Household and has taken the lessons learned from decades as a teacher in the neo-Pagan community together with his love of history to create a Neo-Edwardian model for his House, rather like a kinky Downton Abbey.  He is currently attending Adler University with the openly declared purpose of using his Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to help him be a better administrator for a future shelter for victims of domestic abuse in the BDSM lifestyle.

slave krissy

slave krissy has come into the Leather Community by way of her participation in MAsT:Nashville which she has attended faithfully since its inception in 2011. She first served as secretary and for the past 3 years as Co Director helping to develop the Chapter and continuing to offer a valuable educational resource to the Middle Tennessee Community. She lead efforts to bring in exciting and informative speakers such as Leather title holders and M/s Title holders, which have provided her community with outstanding educational opportunities.

Slave krisssy feels fortunate to have had wonderful mentors over the past decade. Additionally meeting and sharing space with those of the current leather scene have inspired her to step outside her comfort zone and attend SELF, continuously seeking, searching, learning and sharing with those of like minds.

Master Bear

In 2009, he was a founding member of the Legion of Sin Motorcycle Club, the only LGBT Non-Gender Orientation specific MC in California, holding the position of Vice-President until November 2013 and now currently Treasurer.

He believes that he is evolving into the Master that he wants to be. He is the Founding Director of MAsT- Livermore Valley , Founder and Host of the Tri-Valley and Beyond Kinky Brunch Munch, sits on the Board of Directors for the SF Leather Alliance, and hosts the Bear’s Lair BDSM Parties in Livermore.



Letter from our surprise judge 2015:

In June 2015, I was able to attend the SouthEast LeatherFest for the first time. I have wanted to attend for several years but life tossed road blocks until this year when I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship and to my great surprise, I won the draw to be a surprise judge.

I was going to this event, my first Con, my first Leather event and my first time as a judge, alone, as an unpartnered slave, which for me was a bit frightening. I had been in service for many years and looked to Master for directives or guidance, reassurance or praise. None of that was going to be forthcoming from anyone; I was navigating the event alone. So I took a deep breath and stepped forward.

The event itself was well organized, being in its 20th year, most of the ‘kinks’ had been worked out, however the kinks that I enjoy were there and in full force!
Everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly. I met many new people and reconnected with many whom I had not seen in years. Of course the classes were top notch; I was only able to attend a few classes but made an effort to learn new ways to tackle M/s issues to bring back to my MAsT Chapter in Nashville.

What can I say about the presenters? Outstanding is the first word that comes to mind along with engaging, intelligent, humorous and able to speak on their chosen topics with complete authority. These were not 101 level classes. Thank the Gods!

I was impressed with the kindness shown towards me as an unknown person on the judging panel. The other judges didn’t know me at all. My personal history is not glamorous. I prefer to work and lead from behind, proudly working with MAsT: Nashville as a board member and have found that to be an enriching, difficult and worthwhile endeavor. I also did some community service work in an effort to give back, and continually try to learn from anyone who cares to teach me. I do not have a history within the Leather Community, the Leather folks in my area tend to stay out of the public eye, although they are there and I have been fortunate to know a few well. 

I think the biggest take away I had was that the people I met, who were representatives of Leather, were serious, thoughtful, polite, not accepting of any bullshit or drama and had high standards. There was a current of honorability and responsibility within them and certainly those traits were being looked for within the contestants. Intelligence and grace under pressure, standing up in front of a panel of judges and then speaking to a room full of Leather folks, is just a mite intimidating. It was a good trial run for what a titleholder will face when out on the road taking care of the required duties.

Despite all the formality and the pressure, there were many moments of fun, smiles and chocolate. Did I forget to mention the HAWTNESS of the leather? Oh my, being surrounded by so much history, elegance, and Dominance made this girl swoon. There is nothing like a Master in full formal leathers to bring out the service and submissive elements within me. Watching seamless acts of service happening around me was inspiring and beautiful. Despite being without a person to serve at this event, in retrospect, I realize I was actually in service to SELF, which was quite an honor for this grateful slave.

Thank you for the opportunity.
Congratulations to the 2015 Title Holders!
Slave krisssy

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SELF is an adult educational, fundraising and social convention that supports lifestyles of consenting adults. We are four days of exploration, invigoration, and conversation. We are a domestic non-profit.