It is the ultimate goal of IPTC to have all of its contestants feed in from official regional feeders. Our reasoning for this is to create a competition with the most equipped and experienced titleholders possible. Because of this, we strongly recommend that regional contests adopt a policy of being fed by local contests, whenever possible.  The more often a titleholder has competed, and the more experience they have as a community leader, the better contestant they will be on the International stage. The skillset required to be an International titleholder can only be gained through experience.

Regions

IPTC has spent much time and effort mapping out its United States feeder regions.  They are:

Northwest.  The Northwest region consists of: Washington, Oregon, and the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada.  This region has an unofficial feeder contest.
Southwest.  The Southwest region consists of:  California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. This region has an official feeder contest.
Rocky Mountain. The Rocky Mountain region consists of: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. This region has an official feeder contest.
Central Plains/Heartland.  The Central Plains/Heartland region consists of North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  This region currently has no feeder contest.
Texas.  Due to the large geographical size of the state of Texas, it serves as its own region.  This region has an official feeder contest.
Great Lakes. The Great Lakes region consists of:  Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky.  This region has an official feeder contest.
Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast region consists of:  Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. This region has an official feeder contest.
Southeast. The Southeast region will consist of: Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. This region has an unofficial feeder contest.
Mid-Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic region consists of: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington DC. This region has an unofficial feeder contest.
Northeast.  The northeast region will consist of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. This region currently has no feeder contest.

Feeders

Official Feeders:  Regional contests that have petitioned and been approved by the IPTC board are considered to be official feeders.  By becoming official, the regional feeder contest gains exclusive rights to send its regional titleholders to compete in IPTC.
Anyone living within the official feeder region who wishes to compete in IPTC is required to compete in the regional feeder contest, whose winner is the exclusive representative of the region to IPTC.  We believe that this best supports the goals and vision of IPTC, as well as upholding the integrity of the local and regional contests.

Unofficial Feeders:  Not all regions currently have an official feeder.  In these regions, local/regional contests may still choose to sponsor their titleholders into IPTC.  These sponsored applicants are reviewed and approved by the IPTC board and are then authorized to to compete on a case-by-case basis.
We strongly encourage unofficial regional contests to apply to become official feeders.  Being official provides a strong level of protection for the contest.  Without this protection, another contest in the region could apply to be the official feeder.  If approved, the titleholders of the original, unofficial contest would no longer be eligible to compete for IPTC (based on the Official Feeder rules), but rather would have to compete for the new official regional contest.

International Contestants

There are currently no International regions defined.  Any contestant living outside of the contiguous US (unless claimed as part of a US region), is eligible to submit an application to run, so long as they possess a local/regional title and identify as a pup or Trainer.

Appointees

Appointees from official feeders:  As stated before, any individual residing within the boundaries of an official feeder region are required to win the regional competition in order to be eligible to compete in IPTC. However, in the event that there is no official regional titleholder (and only in the event that there is no regional titleholder), the producer of the official regional contest may appoint another representative to IPTC. While this decision is up to the regional producer, we recommend choosing a titleholder or former titleholder. Like contestants, appointees must also live within the geographical boundaries of the region.To preserve the integrity of the contest, regional producers must  disclose if their appointee has any personal connection to them.  Regional producers may not appoint themselves, or anyone within their own leather/kink family.  The IPTC board will consider the applications of appointees on a case-by-case basis.  The decision of the IPTC board is final.

Appointees from unofficial feeders: Any individual residing within the boundaries of an unofficial feeder region are still required to win a local or regional competition in order to be eligible to compete in IPTC. In the event that there is no local/regional titleholder (and only in the event that there is no titleholder), the producer of the unofficial regional contest may appoint another representative to IPTC. While this decision is up to the regional producer, we recommend choosing a titleholder or former titleholder. Like contestants, appointees must also live within the geographical boundaries of the region. To preserve the integrity of the contest, the producers must disclose if their appointee has any personal connection to them. Producers may not appoint themselves, or anyone within their own leather/kink family. The IPTC board will consider the applications of appointees on a case-by-case basis. The decision of the IPTC board is final.

In the event that there is no unofficial feeder contest, anyone that lives within the geographical region is welcome to submit their application for review.