As of Sept. 23:
Sign-in and Orientation
Room: Tynehead B
Time: Saturday, 5 – 6:30 PM
The Main Event
Time: Saturday, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Judges: Brian Milne; others still being arranged
MC: Spider Robinson
Classes: Junior, Novice, Master, Non-Competition
Prizes and how the prizes are awarded:
Best In Show: the top prize.
Theme: to the best use of theme for VCON41
Master: to the best costume in the Master Category
Novice: to the best costume in the Novice Category
Junior: to the best costume in the Junior Category
Fan Choice: By applause of course
How to Enter:
Pre-register for the costume contest online by providing your name, and identify whether you would like to enter the Master, Novice, Junior, or Not-In-Competition category. You can also register on-site at Registration, but the online method will save you time. You have right until Saturday 4 PM for online registration, but note that you must get to the pre-judging on time.
Please arrive at Tynehead B by 4:30 PM for prejudging/setup/walkthrough. Instructions for the walkthrough, etc. will be detailed at the setup.
The costume contest will have 3 categories, eligible for different levels of judging and prizes. Please note that professionals are not allowed to compete (a professional is a person who is engaged in a certain activity for gain or compensation as means of livelihood; such as a permanent career, not as an amateur or pastime).
The costume contest will have three categories, eligible for different levels of judging and prizes: Junior, Novice, and Master.
Junior: This category is for those who are getting into costuming at a young age. Must be 14 or under. There is no restriction on the origin of the costume. Stage presence and character are the main areas that the judges will be looking at. This category is focused on participation to help cultivate a strong costuming culture and teach kids the value of creativity.
Novice: This category is for newcomers who are beginning to hone their costuming skills or for those who have yet to try their hand in costume competition. Judges will show more leniency towards the purchase and modification of bought or found items to this category, and will reward ingenuity and effort where contestants might be lacking in experience.
If you have never entered a costume contest before but feel your skills and experience may be more advanced than the Novice level, please feel free to enter a higher category, but please mention this in your entry, and remember that once you have been registered for a category, you can’t request that it be changed. Additionally, if the judges feel that your skill or experience may be more advanced than the Novice level, you may be moved to a higher category.
● Experienced costumers may not enter in the Novice category.
● A contestant who has competed and won in any category other than Novice in competition may not enter in the Novice category.
● A contestant who has won “Best in Show” in competition may not enter in the Novice category.
● A contestant who has won numerous major awards in the Novice category in competition is strongly encouraged and may be bumped up to enter in the Master category.
● Costumes cannot be “packaged” store bought, but all parts of the costume can be store bought. We are looking for your creativity solutions mixed in with your costuming skills.
Master: This category is for costumers with experience who have entered competitive costuming contests before. As such, only a small part of your costume can be purchased. If you have bought anything, it is best to customize it. The rest should be handmade. If you did not construct the majority of your costume, this is not your category.
Anyone may enter the Master category, but we suggest that first time costumers avoid this category. Contestants who do not meet the Master level requirements may be advised to compete in a lower category.
Note that group/duo entries will be subject to the rules of the category they register in.
How it Works
At the convention, please sign in [TBA] to let us know you’re here and ready to go! After signing in, you will attend the orientation and dress rehearsal, where all entrants will have an opportunity to ask last-minute questions and to become familiar with the stage and walk-on choreography.
Please note that both signing in as well as attending the combined orientation and dress rehearsal are MANDATORY. Contestants who do not sign in or attend the preparatory events will be disqualified.
Craftsmanship judging is your moment to shine! Show off your hard work; we encourage you to explain your working process to our judges who are eager to listen and admire your costume. If a judge asks you a question about a specific detail or technique, don’t be nervous! This means that there is an aspect of your costume that they like and want to know more about in order to better appreciate your costume.
The last step in your pre-competition preparation is to speak with our audio specialists about your music and introduction. Please ensure that your audio was emailed to us in an MP3 format after your entry is confirmed if you wish to have custom audio.
Get ready to smile (or glower if it’s more appropriate)! Once the contest has started and the hosts and judges are ready, you’ll be called into line. Prepare yourself for the spotlight! Both the judges and the crowd love to see costumers in character.
If you have any questions or concerns about the contest costume or registration process, please ask any of the organizers at the contest and we will do our best to assist you.
1. No open flame, fire, flash powder, lasers, or flash paper are allowed.
2. No messy substances on stage. The stage must be in as good a condition when you leave as when you enter.
3. No flagrant nudity will be permitted. The costume contest is rated PG-13. There will be children in the audience.
4. Competitors must attend all mandatory costume contest preparations. Failure to appear or to be ready to go on stage may result in disqualification. While competitors may be subject to circumstances beyond their control, the costume contest director has final say.
5. The costume contest director and staff reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other contestants, or for any other reason deemed sufficient. Repeated violations of the rules may result in the contestant being barred from future costume contests.
6. All costumes entered cannot be “package bought”, any contestant caught cheating with a bought or pre-made costume will face severe consequences.
7. You must have a VCON pass in order to participate.
8. The decisions of the Judges are final.
9. This is an amateur contest; professionals are not allowed to enter.
10. Attitude is everything. Be kind to your fellow contestants and costume contest staff or you will be disqualified.