Symposium Costume Contest

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You work hard to perfect your Steampunk look . . . come show it off at the Symposium Costume Contest.

Presented at Symposium 2019 by Paige Cordano


2019 International Steampunk Symposium Costume Contest Guidelines

Welcome to the 2019 Symposium Costume Contest! Registration and pre-judging for the contest will take place from 1pm – 2pm on Saturday, March 30th in Ferrara at the Holiday Inn. Registration and pre-judging is REQUIRED to participate. Late entries will not be accepted.

At registration all participants will fill out a form stating their name, costume theme, and category that they wish to enter into for the contest. Participants will then get a chance to discuss their costume’s construction with the contest judges.

The contest itself will take place at 2:30pm in Ferrara. All participants must be present 30 minutes prior to the contest to line up in the designated area for the stage portion of the event. The Awards Ceremony will follow immediately thereafter.

Costume Categories

This year we will have three (3) categories, two (2) of which will be eligible for prizes and one (1) exhibition category for those who simply wish to strut their stuff on stage without going through craftsmanship judging.

Children wearing costumes constructed by a present adult should be entered in the appropriate category for the adult’s skill level.

Prize Categories:

Costumes must be at least 60% crafted by the participant to be eligible to compete in a Prize Category. If a costume is being worn by someone other than the creator, the creator must be present in order to enter into these categories. No commissioned, rented, or purchased costumes may be entered except in the Exhibition category. Modifying purchased or commissioned costumes is not viewed as original work and will be considered ineligible for prizes.

Novice: For the costumer who is still actively learning their skills and may not have much experience. Typically those who enter this category will only have a few completed costumes and have never won a major award at other contests.

Advanced: For the costumer who is experienced in advanced techniques and skills. Those who have many completed costumes and have possibly won major awards in other contests would be well suited to this category.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category as well as Honorable Mention awards given at the discretion of the judges. There will also be an award given for Best Prop and an overall Best in Show award given to the best costume of the day. The judges will be focusing on the overall construction and presentation of your costume and making their decisions based on what they see during pre-judging. Their decisions will be final.


Exhibition Category

For anyone who did not make their costume, we are offering an Exhibition Category so you may still present your costume on stage. Commissioned, rented, purchased and “found item” costumes fall into this category. To register for this category, go to registration and fill out your entry form. You will then be given a time and place to meet up before the contest instead of going to pre-judging. This category is ineligible for prizes and awards.


General Competition Rules

All rules and policies of the International Steampunk Symposium and Holiday Inn Eastgate apply to the contest as well. Any violations of the rules may lead to disqualification per the discretion of the staff. Pyrotechnic displays are forbidden within the hotel as are realistic or real firearms. Please review the ‘Rules & Safety’ section of the website prior to the convention to make sure you are in compliance. For any specific questions not answered above, please contact


Paige Cordano  an award-winning costumer with over a decade of experience under her belt. She has won multiple Best in Show and Best in Division awards for her work at events across the country, including the Cincinnati Comic Expo, Matsuricon, Otakon, Anime Central, Ohayocon, and others. While much of her experience has been with anime cosplay, Paige is no stranger to the Cincinnati Steampunk Community having been at several of the very first Cincinnati Steampunk events in 2009 and several others over the last decade.


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