Contest Rules

1. Eligibility
All participants must have a Phoenix Comicon badge (this includes Media, Exhibitor, and other specialty badges). Members of the Phoenix Comicon Crew are ineligible to compete in the Masquerade Costume Contest.
2. Registration and Pre-Judging
All registrations will be done online from the Phoenix Comicon website. We can accommodate a total of 50 maximum entries or 110 total participants (including all members of groups that enter). Registration will close once we have either 50 total entries or a total of 110 participants. In order to be accepted for one of the Masquerade Costume Contest openings, candidates must submit a work in progress photo along with a reference photo (or drawing) showing what the finished costume should look like. Work in Progress must be at least 75% complete in order to be accepted and is completely at the discretion of Phoenix Comicon Crew.
3. Pre-Judging
Workmanship pre-judging will begin with judges reviewing the submitted work in progress photos. We encourage contestants to provide detailed close up photos of all work including views of the work at different stages. This content will be weighed heavily in the judging process. On Saturday May 27th all contestants must be present by 6:30 pm in room 213 of the West Building at the Phoenix Convention Center. At this time, judges will view costumes again in person before the final stage of judging which will be the actual stage performance. Contestants may be accepted for participation only without eligibility for prizes depending on number of applications and number of applicants who complete the judging requirements.
4. Categories

Entries will be separated into five categories:

  1. Youth - Contestants under 12 years of age. Costumes must be made, not store-bought. They can be made by a family member, but modeled by the contestant.
  2. Novice - First time contestants who have never entered a costume contest or contestants who have entered, but not won an award at any convention.
  3. Journeyman - Contestants who have entered two or more costume contests or masquerade/cosplay events but have not yet won any major awards.
  4. Master - Contestants who have won two or more major cosplay/costume contests.
  5. Groups - For groups of three or more contestants entering/performing together.
5. Previously Used Costumes
Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may be entered into the Masquerade Costume Contest into the Master category.
6. Awards
There are both ranked and un-ranked awards given at the Masquerade. Ranked awards include, but are not limited to, the following: Best in Show, Best in Category, First Place, Second Place, etc. Un-ranked awards include, but are not limited to the following: Best in Show, Best in Category, Judges’ Award, Honorable Mention, etc. Un-ranked awards are not considered major awards for the purposes of this contest.
7. Pictures
Pictures will be taken during the Performance portion of the judging process. These pictures may be used by Phoenix Comicon for promotion of future events and contests.
8. Genres
This is an open genre costume contest. Genres include, but are not limited to: Sci-Fi, Anime/Animation Comics/Manga, Fantasy, Novels, Steampunk, TV, Film, and Games.
9. Costume and Weapons Policy

All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention dress code and weapons policy. If a policy violation is discovered by any of the Phoenix Comicon Crew or the judges panel, that entry will be disqualified.

 

10. Prohibited Items
No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center.
11. Power
No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.
12. Prohibited Participants
The Master of Ceremonies (MC) and/or other members of the Masquerade Costume Contest Crew cannot be used as part of your presentation in any way. Any people part of your presentation must be supplied by the participants. This includes moving any props or set pieces on stage for you. If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints, crew will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs. Contestants’ assistants/crew do not count towards the onstage time allotment, however.
13. Hand-Made Costumes Only
Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain pieces that are modified from their original design or purpose. Although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest. Costumes that are considered “kits” are allowed so long as kit was assembled by the participant. All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered, or modified. Costume(s) should be 70% hand-made.
14. Reference Material
All entries are strongly encouraged to bring reference material for their costume(s). While we will not turn away entries that do not bring reference material, the absence of reference could affect your final score. Not all judges know all characters and creatures, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to bring a color photo (or several). If a costume is an original design, reference images of inspiration or in cases of characters from novels, a printed description from the literary work will be most helpful. Digital devices may be used to present reference photos to the judging panel, but hard-copy printouts would be best for future reference by the judges.
15. One Costume per Participant
Each contestant may present or wear one and only one costume, or in cases of group entries, each member may wear one costume per person or may wear one costume together (i.e. large costumes that require several people inside to move). The costume shown to the judges during pre-judging MUST be the costume you are wearing in the contest itself.
16. Designer Entry
Should a participant decide to enter but chose not to model their costume, or rather have it be presented by a model, the designer must be present at pre-judging and be prepared to explain how the costume had been created.
17. Contest Performance Portion
  • Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up steps. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the Phoenix Comicon Crew.
  • You must remain in the green room before your stage appearance, and in the main ballroom for the entirety of the contest. Please arrive 30 minutes early before the contest starts. You will have designated areas for waiting pre and post judging during the performance phase of the contest. Listen to the directions given by the Masquerade Crew and be respectful to your fellow contestants. If you have special needs, please let the judges’ panel be aware at the pre-judging portion of the contest.
  • Each single participant will have 60 seconds of time to perform on stage. This is your time to shine so make the best of it.
  • In cases of groups, for each additional person, you are granted an additional 30 seconds, not to exceed 3 minutes, or 180 seconds. For example two participants will be granted 90 seconds, a three person group is granted 120 seconds and so forth.
18. Microphones
No microphone will be available for contestant’s use during the Masquerade Costume Contest. This includes the Emcee’s podium microphone. Only the use of prerecorded audio is allowed.
19. Providing Audio
  1. Entrants are allowed and encouraged to provide their own music or audio for their presentation. Audio must be edited to the allowed performance time (60 seconds for a single participant, 90 seconds for two participants, 120 seconds for 3, up to 180 seconds or 3 minutes).
  2. If an entrant wishes to provide their own audio (music, dialogue with music and sound effects, etc.), it MUST be in MP3 format and emailed to the Masquerade stage manager (LeeAnn.Jensen@phoenixcomicon.com) no later than Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 and use the following format:
    mp3
  3. For all pre-recorded audio: The Masquerade Costume Contest is open to all ages and there will be children in contest and the audience. We work very hard to present an event that is family friendly. The audio will be screened to ensure that it adheres to the following rules. The tech crew has been instructed to immediately cut off sound and lights if any of the following happens:
    • Any obscenity or swearing.
    • Any derogatory references to other contestants.
    • Any innuendos or off-color jokes.
    • Anything that sounds like it could be offensive based on (but not limited to) race, gender, orientation, religion, etc.
20. Prizes

Prizes will be presented to “Best In Show” and the first, second and third place winners in the following categories:

  1. Youth
  2. Novice
  3. Journeyman
  4. Master
21. Rule Updates and Changes

While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require the rules or times be changed. Any changes will be noted in bold and all capitalization. Any Changes will be posted here on this web page and a notice will be placed at the top of the page in bold and all capitalization.

22. Questions and Contact
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the stage manager, LeeAnn Jensen LeeAnn.Jensen@phoenixcomicon.com.

Contest Rules

1. Eligibility
All participants must have a Phoenix Comicon badge (this includes Media, Exhibitor, and other specialty badges). Members of the Phoenix Comicon Crew are ineligible to compete in the Masquerade Costume Contest.
2. Registration and Pre-Judging
All registrations will be done online from the Phoenix Comicon website. We can accommodate a total of 50 maximum entries or 110 total participants (including all members of groups that enter). Registration will close once we have either 50 total entries or a total of 110 participants. In order to be accepted for one of the Masquerade Costume Contest openings, candidates must submit a work in progress photo along with a reference photo (or drawing) showing what the finished costume should look like. Work in Progress must be at least 75% complete in order to be accepted and is completely at the discretion of Phoenix Comicon Crew.
3. Pre-Judging
Workmanship pre-judging will begin with judges reviewing the submitted work in progress photos. We encourage contestants to provide detailed close up photos of all work including views of the work at different stages. This content will be weighed heavily in the judging process. On Saturday May 27th all contestants must be present by 6:30 pm in room 213 of the West Building at the Phoenix Convention Center. At this time, judges will view costumes again in person before the final stage of judging which will be the actual stage performance. Contestants may be accepted for participation only without eligibility for prizes depending on number of applications and number of applicants who complete the judging requirements.
4. Categories

Entries will be separated into five categories:

  1. Youth - Contestants under 12 years of age. Costumes must be made, not store-bought. They can be made by a family member, but modeled by the contestant.
  2. Novice - First time contestants who have never entered a costume contest or contestants who have entered, but not won an award at any convention.
  3. Journeyman - Contestants who have entered two or more costume contests or masquerade/cosplay events but have not yet won any major awards.
  4. Master - Contestants who have won two or more major cosplay/costume contests.
  5. Groups - For groups of three or more contestants entering/performing together.
5. Previously Used Costumes
Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may be entered into the Masquerade Costume Contest into the Master category.
6. Awards
There are both ranked and un-ranked awards given at the Masquerade. Ranked awards include, but are not limited to, the following: Best in Show, Best in Category, First Place, Second Place, etc. Un-ranked awards include, but are not limited to the following: Best in Show, Best in Category, Judges’ Award, Honorable Mention, etc. Un-ranked awards are not considered major awards for the purposes of this contest.
7. Pictures
Pictures will be taken during the Performance portion of the judging process. These pictures may be used by Phoenix Comicon for promotion of future events and contests.
8. Genres
This is an open genre costume contest. Genres include, but are not limited to: Sci-Fi, Anime/Animation Comics/Manga, Fantasy, Novels, Steampunk, TV, Film, and Games.
9. Costume and Weapons Policy

All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention dress code and weapons policy. If a policy violation is discovered by any of the Phoenix Comicon Crew or the judges panel, that entry will be disqualified.

 

10. Prohibited Items
No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center.
11. Power
No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.
12. Prohibited Participants
The Master of Ceremonies (MC) and/or other members of the Masquerade Costume Contest Crew cannot be used as part of your presentation in any way. Any people part of your presentation must be supplied by the participants. This includes moving any props or set pieces on stage for you. If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints, crew will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs. Contestants’ assistants/crew do not count towards the onstage time allotment, however.
13. Hand-Made Costumes Only
Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain pieces that are modified from their original design or purpose. Although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest. Costumes that are considered “kits” are allowed so long as kit was assembled by the participant. All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered, or modified. Costume(s) should be 70% hand-made.
14. Reference Material
All entries are strongly encouraged to bring reference material for their costume(s). While we will not turn away entries that do not bring reference material, the absence of reference could affect your final score. Not all judges know all characters and creatures, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to bring a color photo (or several). If a costume is an original design, reference images of inspiration or in cases of characters from novels, a printed description from the literary work will be most helpful. Digital devices may be used to present reference photos to the judging panel, but hard-copy printouts would be best for future reference by the judges.
15. One Costume per Participant
Each contestant may present or wear one and only one costume, or in cases of group entries, each member may wear one costume per person or may wear one costume together (i.e. large costumes that require several people inside to move). The costume shown to the judges during pre-judging MUST be the costume you are wearing in the contest itself.
16. Designer Entry
Should a participant decide to enter but chose not to model their costume, or rather have it be presented by a model, the designer must be present at pre-judging and be prepared to explain how the costume had been created.
17. Contest Performance Portion
  • Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up steps. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the Phoenix Comicon Crew.
  • You must remain in the green room before your stage appearance, and in the main ballroom for the entirety of the contest. Please arrive 30 minutes early before the contest starts. You will have designated areas for waiting pre and post judging during the performance phase of the contest. Listen to the directions given by the Masquerade Crew and be respectful to your fellow contestants. If you have special needs, please let the judges’ panel be aware at the pre-judging portion of the contest.
  • Each single participant will have 60 seconds of time to perform on stage. This is your time to shine so make the best of it.
  • In cases of groups, for each additional person, you are granted an additional 30 seconds, not to exceed 3 minutes, or 180 seconds. For example two participants will be granted 90 seconds, a three person group is granted 120 seconds and so forth.
18. Microphones
No microphone will be available for contestant’s use during the Masquerade Costume Contest. This includes the Emcee’s podium microphone. Only the use of prerecorded audio is allowed.
19. Providing Audio
  1. Entrants are allowed and encouraged to provide their own music or audio for their presentation. Audio must be edited to the allowed performance time (60 seconds for a single participant, 90 seconds for two participants, 120 seconds for 3, up to 180 seconds or 3 minutes).
  2. If an entrant wishes to provide their own audio (music, dialogue with music and sound effects, etc.), it MUST be in MP3 format and emailed to the Masquerade stage manager (LeeAnn.Jensen@phoenixcomicon.com) no later than Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 and use the following format:
    mp3
  3. For all pre-recorded audio: The Masquerade Costume Contest is open to all ages and there will be children in contest and the audience. We work very hard to present an event that is family friendly. The audio will be screened to ensure that it adheres to the following rules. The tech crew has been instructed to immediately cut off sound and lights if any of the following happens:
    • Any obscenity or swearing.
    • Any derogatory references to other contestants.
    • Any innuendos or off-color jokes.
    • Anything that sounds like it could be offensive based on (but not limited to) race, gender, orientation, religion, etc.
20. Prizes

Prizes will be presented to “Best In Show” and the first, second and third place winners in the following categories:

  1. Youth
  2. Novice
  3. Journeyman
  4. Master
21. Rule Updates and Changes

While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require the rules or times be changed. Any changes will be noted in bold and all capitalization. Any Changes will be posted here on this web page and a notice will be placed at the top of the page in bold and all capitalization.

22. Questions and Contact
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the stage manager, LeeAnn Jensen LeeAnn.Jensen@phoenixcomicon.com.

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