Fantasy & Science Fiction Masquerade Rules

Costume-Con 27

I.    Competition Categories

All costumes entered must be either Original or Recreation.

Original costumes are designed by the contestant, although they may be inspired by a fantasy, science fiction, or other source.

Recreation costumes are those whose design is copied from a media or other source, be it TV, film, art, illustration, comics, theatre. They may also be recreated from a print description. Documentation of the original source, showing at least one good view of the costume, or a print/prose description by the designer/author, must be provided for judging. (Bring paper copies only, no books or other media.)

II.    Skill Divisions

This masquerade will use the following skill division system:

Young Fan: Any contestant aged 13 or younger who made their own costume, who is not part of an adult group. All entries in a Young Fan group entry must be 13 or younger.

Novice: Any contestant who has not won more than two major awards, or Best in Division, or Best in Show, in the Novice Division in international competition. Any Young Fan contestant may elect to "compete up" and enter the Novice Division.

Journeyman: Any contestant who has not won more than three major awards, or Best in Division, or Best in Show, in the Journeyman Division in international competition. Any Young Fan or Novice contestant may elect to "compete up" and enter in the Journeyman Division.

Master: Any contestant who has competed and won in the Master Division in an international competition. Professional costumers must enter in the Master Division. Any contestant may elect to “compete up” and enter in the Master Division.

Group entries must enter in the skill division that their most experienced member sorts into.

Young Fans wearing adult-made costumes must enter in the adult’s skill division.

III.    Rules

These are the things you MUST pay attention to, as violating one of the rules can and will make you ineligible for awards.

Remember, when in doubt, ask me! Don′t guess. I’d rather answer questions now, because it sure beats tears and recriminations later.

  1. All contestants must be registered attending members of CC-27. This includes both designers and models.
  2. No purchased or rented costumes may be entered in this competition.
  3. A costume may not be entered in this competition if it has won a “Best in Show” at an ICG-recognized international competition. A previous “Best in Division” winning costume may be entered only if it can be entered one skill division level higher than its previous win.
  4. This competition is rated PG-13, so no nudity, please. “No costume is no costume” still applies.
  5. No contestant may appear on stage more than once. Costumers may enter more than one costume, but each must appear on a different model. No “cameos” allowed, either.
  6. Each entry will have no more than 60 seconds on stage. You may certainly use less time, but no more than that without prior approval.
  7. No fire or open flame will be allowed on stage.
  8. The “no peanut butter” rule applies: No messy substances – wet, dry, sparkly, or oily – that might ruin another costume are allowed on stage or in the Green Room.
  9. No smoking in any Masquerade area.
  10. No weapons will be allowed on stage that might endanger anybody. Entrants may not display weapons without prior approval by the Masq Director FIRST. Weapons display may be approved after proof of safe display at rehearsal.
  11. No special effects (flash bulbs, strobes, sparklers, etc.) will be allowed on stage that might endanger anybody. Special effects may be approved after safe display at rehearsal, provided they are legal. In no case will a special effect be approved that leaves a mess on the stage.
  12. No flash photography will be allowed during the competition. Please pose for your friends on stage after the contest, or for our photographer while you are not on stage! Those caught taking flash pictures during the contest will taken out back, killed, spiced with Old Bay, and eaten. Seriously.
  13. Hall costumes worn around the convention before the masquerade are ineligible to enter this competition.
  14. Since there will be no live or pickup mikes on stage, you should pre-record your dialogue (if any) and background music. You may also submit text for the MC to read before, during, or after your entry. All of this background content may be vetted before approval to ensure we stick to our PG-13 rating.
  15. Rehearsal is required. Sign up for a rehearsal slot on site at the convention before rehearsals are scheduled to start.
  16. Entry numbers will be given out in the Green Room. You must be in line and ready to go on stage when your entry number is called. If you miss your call, your entry may be dropped.
  17. Entries must be able to go on and off stage with only minimal help from stage ninjas and within a reasonable amount of time.
  18. The Masquerade Director requires real names to be supplied on entry forms. These real names must match the ones you used to register for the convention. State-issued picture IDs may be checked at random. Remember, you can always ask the MC to announce nicknames.
  19. No exceptions will be made to these rules without advance approval by the Masquerade Director.
  20. Do NOT surprise the Masquerade Director or crew! Let us in on what you have planned, and trust us to keep the surprise from the audience until you’re ready to unveil it.

IV.    Other Stuff and Pointers

Sound: We plan on accepting both CDs and MP3s. If you use CDs, be sure that they are CD-R type, that your dialogue/music is recorded on track #1, and that it is the ONLY track on the CD. When in doubt, bring extras, including extra blank media.

Lights: No details yet. Do not plan on anything more complicated than color washes, fade in/outs, and spotlights.

Power: Don’t plan on having access to power cords/plugs on stage.

Stage access: Plan on using stairs with non-removable handrails to enter/exit the stage. Do NOT plan on using a ramp, as one will probably not be available.

V.    Workmanship Judging

Workmanship judging is strictly optional, but encouraged. Your entire costume need not be judged; you can (and many do!) submit just one part of it for judging. For example, you may present just one prop, or a headdress, or all the beading.

If you think you may want workmanship judging, please check the YES box on your entry form. If you’re sure you won’t, please check NO. This will help us schedule our judges’ time better, to ensure everybody’s work gets a fair viewing.

VI.    Entry Forms

This year, we’re providing online pre-reg via our website! The exact same online entry form will be available at-con for on site registration.  (Webmaster: the link will be posted when the system is finalized.)