The Kaizo Level Design Contest (KLDC) is a regularly-occurring contest held by the staff of SMW Central that encourages creators to submit a single kaizo level to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Judges are selected by the contest organizer (colloquially referred to as the contest's 'host') and SMWC staff and are traditionally comprised of community members, experienced creators, skilled players, playtesters and other credible voices on the aspects of level design and level creation.
Since the founding of SMW Central, there have been 8 official KLDCs (a KLDC was opened in 2012 but was not seen to completion). The most recent KLDC is still underway and is expected to announce full results before the end of June 2021.
The first KLDC was held in 2009 on SMW Central as a fan-organized contest. PangeaPanga (who used the username PanangBenny at the time) served as the founding host and led the first panel of judges alongside Dainegai, -•SyStemkraSh•- and Ultimaximus. 16 total levels were submitted to the initial event.
Following the official start of the contest, interested creators have between a month and six weeks, depending on the determined submission period, to build a brand-new Super Mario World level with a kaizo: light difficulty rating.
Individual contests have slightly different rulesets as to what is and is not permitted in terms of custom resources and graphical edits for various reasons, but the contest largely allows for creators to use all resources at their disposal to create their level, provided the judges are reasonably able to beat the level without the use of tools. Early KLDCs featured multiple categories for tool-assisted level design, but those have fallen away in recent years as the rise in RTA-viable level design interest has drawn more resources from the host and judges.
Full Article: 2021 Kaizo Level Design Contest
Full Article: 2020 Kaizo Level Design Contest
Full Article: 2017 Kaizo Level Design Contest
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Full Article: 2016 Kaizo Level Design Contest
Full Article: 2015 Kaizo Level Design Contest
A KLDC was started in 2012 but suspended after the conclusion of the submission period. Four entries were received:
Full Article: 2011 Kaizo Level Design Contest
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Full Article: 2010 Kaizo Level Design Contest
Full Article: 2009 Kaizo Level Design Contest