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Friday Costume Workmanship Contest

The Costume Workmanship Contest (CWC) is a new Costume Contest on the Friday of the convention where individual entrants are judged on their workmanship and recreation skill only. There is no stage component!

Only individual entrants who made their entire costume themselves may enter. There will be twenty (20) total spots. You need to make an appointment.

Pre-register for the Contest here:http://goo.gl/Z1T0dQ

Some people might call it an “American-style hall cosplay contest”. Please do not confuse this contest with the Masquerade, Skit Contest, or Moonlight Ball.

Questions? Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

When is it and how do I enter?

The event runs by appointment only, on Friday May 23rd, 2014, from 5:00pm – 9:30pm in the International Plaza Hotel Ballroom Foyer. Please bring costume documentation and reference images.

The judging area is in the curtained-off area, next to the Skit Contest Green Room. Please be aware the contest overlaps in time with the Skit Contest so you can’t participate in both.

Pre-Register: You must make an appointment before the con online at http://goo.gl/Z1T0dQ by Friday, May 16, 2014 to reserve a guaranteed appointment. Twenty slots are available this way.

Walk-In: There may be availability. Please come to the Masquerade Office wearing your costume, with documentation and references anytime after 5:00PM and we will try to fit you in as time allows.

Who is this Contest for? Who will appreciate it?

Does this sound like you?

  • I like making costumes but I don’t enter them in the Masquerade because I don’t think they are flashy or big enough to be appreciated on stage.
  • I dislike spending 3-5 hours sitting or lining up in the Green Room for interviews, photos and meeting with the M.C.
  • I dislike going onstage and dealing with the hassle of performing, bringing pre-recorded music and blinding hot lights.
  • I like FEEDBACK on my workmanship and getting to talk with the judges.

Besides preparing my costume, what else should I do to prepare for the Costume Workmanship Contest?

You should definitely prepare Documentation! could include:

  • Progress photos (essential!), sketches (your own), costume progress journals
  • Fabric swatches, samples of materials you worked with
  • Reference images that show the character/item you were inspired by, etc.

You should be able to talk freely about the process of making your costume in detail. This is a workmanship-only contest; therefore the judges will ask you very pointed and specific questions about your work.

What are my bragging rights if I win something?

You get a Workmanship-style award. There is a nice trophy for the winner and ribbons for other awards. Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony Sunday.

This contest is run by the Masquerade department, however since there is no stage component it is not recognized by the ICG. Our awards will therefore not bump you up the experience ladder.

This means this is a great place to get experience for those new to competition and a chill place for those who aren’t.

Who is Judging this Event?

The judges are very experienced at judging and are also Master-Level costumers with a combined 25+ years of experience in Masquerades across Canada and the USA.

Rules and Restrictions:

Out of the spirit of fair competition and the nature of the contest, we have the following rules governing the Contest that apply to Contestants:

  • Only individual contestants who made their costume themselves may enter. You should have sewn, built, heavily modified or assembled 85% or more of what you are wearing.
  • Your appointment time and time limit will be strictly enforced. If you are late there is no guarantee we can slot you in later. Your interview is over when the timer goes.
  • If two or three Contestants who have done work on each other’s costumes wish to enter, or if you made a costume and someone else is modeling it, please let us know when you register as the person who made the costume must be present.
  • If you enter a costume in the Hall Costume Contest, do not enter it in the Masquerade.
  • No professional costumers, no “closet costumes” (costumes that are mostly assembled from purchased clothes, not made) and no purchased and/or rented theatrical/business/event/ Halloween costumes, please. A professional costumer is someone who makes 50% of more of their income in a costume-related business, such as in a shop or sewing.
  • Entrants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a Guardian/designated Guardian over the age of 16.
  • You are required to disclose at your interview any personal or professional relationship you have with the judges. Ex: if you have entered a contest together before, if they have judged you before, if you have done a panel together, if you worked together, etc.
  • The Director(s) reserve the right to eliminate, disqualify or remove entrants or entourage from the competition or interview area without appeal for any reason that violates any of the above rules or interferes with the Contest in any way.
  • Awards are decided by the entire Panel of Judges as a whole and judges who have sufficient personal/professional relationship with an entrant will not participate in the judging of that entrant.
  • The decisions of the Judging Panel are final, unless an entrant is disqualified.
  • Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday. See schedule for details. Judging takes many hours and we will not be ready until then. We do not mail trophies, ribbons or certificates to entrants, no do we hold them for next year.

I want to watch this event!

Please accept our most sincere apologies. This is not a staged event, but rather a one-on-one interview. There is no audience, no stage. We recommend you watch any of the staged costume/skit events in the Plaza Ballroom: Skit Contest (Friday night), the Masquerade (Saturday night) or the Fashion Show (Sunday afternoon, in the TCC).

The entrants for this contest can bring a friend or two to wait with, but no groups please. Non-entrants will be asked to give privacy to the interviews and judging.

I want to help with this event!

If you want to be involved in this event, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Explain what you would like to do and what experience you have in that area.

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