Steampunk World’s Fair Costume Contest

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Steampunk World’s Fair
Costume Contest 2018

This year’s costume contest will have two main categories – Makers and Curators. Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Contestants will self-select the category they feel best defines the work they have done in their own costume.

Makers

Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. Makers can make only one prop, several props, only your costume, your costume and your prop and still participate under the Maker category. Judges discretion will be used to judge between someone who has only made a prop and someone who has made everything they are wearing. It’s quite possible we will decide to give out additional prizes such as best prop or clothing item!

As Makers ourselves, we know how much work goes into a good costume and we would like the opportunity to fairly judge that work. There will be pre-judging for Makers only. It will occur Saturday (time to be established), in the parking lot next to the Midway Stage. We recommend entrants be prompt. The judges will judge on a first come first served basis and will judge as many entrants as possible in the two hour time frame. Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win.

Makers will be broken into two categories – Experienced and Novice as designated by the contestant. Entrants self-select the category they feel best defines their level of skill. Pre-registration is not required.

The judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win. There will be an opportunity to present the pre-judged makers on the stage as well so everyone can see your marvelous work!

Please do not worry! If you can’t make the pre-judging, you can still participate in the contest under the Curator category!

Curators

A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Judging will occur as Saturday afternoon at X time on the Midway Stage. We will begin lining up 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the contest. Please be prompt! Pre-registration is not required.


Participants will self-select that category they wish to compete in. The categories are:

  • Maker, Expert, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging on prior to the contest!
  • Maker, Expert, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
  • Maker, Beginner, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
  • Maker, Beginner, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
  • Curator, Expert, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
  • Curator, Expert, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators on prior to the contest.
  • Curator, Beginner, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Beginner Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
  • Curator, Beginner, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Beginner Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.

Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday, X PM at the Midway Stage. You must be present to win.

The Great Steampunk Talent Search

WELCOME TO
THE GREAT STEAMPUNK TALENT SEARCH:
THE AUTHOR EDITION!

TALENTSEARCH

The Steampunk World’s Fair, the world’s largest Steampunk festival, has helped some of the best-known performers in Steampunk get discovered. Now we’d like to share the Steampunk joy and expand its horizons. For 2018, we are seeking the greatest undiscovered Steampunk AUTHOR in the world!

THE DEAL:

We’re looking for any sort of Steampunk author: poet, short stories, blogger, novelist, song writer, etc. We’ll transport the winner to the show, provide hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights of the Fair and access to the Con Suite (a room which serves light, non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks throughout the event), be given top billing, right up with our show’s headliners–and there is also a prize of one thousand dollars. The winner will be featured on the Guest of Honor panel, have one scheduled signing session, and two scheduled reading sessions. Further presentation and panel opportunities will also be likely and negotiated with the winner when they are chosen.

The cut-off date is February 1st.  The sooner you apply, the more time we have to read your application carefully!

There will be one winner. The winner will be notified via email on February 17, 2018. The announcement will be made to social media once the winner has been confirmed.


THE RULES:

You MUST complete BOTH steps to be eligible to win:

  1. Submit a programming application. Be sure to choose the “Great Steampunk Talent Search” option when you answer the application question “Is there a specific section of programming you’re interested in applying for?”
  2. Send us a sample of your writing. It can be previously published or not, but it should give us a clear idea of who you are and what you do. It should be at least 5 pages long but no more than 25 pages. A sample chapter is acceptable, as long as it’s not longer than 25 pages. Send the writing sample to [email protected] with subject: SPWF 2018 Talent Search

Please be sure to share this page if you know someone who should enter this talent search!

Apply for the Great Steampunk Talent Search Here!
Send Writing Sample Here