Tickets to the contest and registration for the contest will only occur at the costume contest desk, so make sure you stop by when the desk is open. There are a total of 60 openings available for the adult contest (with a 10 person wait list), and a total of 75 openings for the children’s competition.
This year, the costume contest desk will have the following schedule:
Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holding preparation for the Sunday Costume Contest will begin 4:30 in the Plymouth room to get all participants organised and familiarised with the contest process and flow, with the Costume Contest starting at 5:30 and running until 6:30.
Our Children’s Costume Contest has a new time! It will take place on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Avalon/Battery rooms. For this contest, we are including anyone 12 or under. All contestants must be supervised by a parent or guardian during the contest. Participants in the Children’s Costume Contest must sign up at the costume contest desk before the event. A parent or guardian’s signature is required.
The Novice category is open to contestants ages 13 and up. Entrants into this category may not have won a costume contest award at any convention (Sci-Fi on the Rock, Atlanticon, Hal-con, etc.).
The Journeyman category is open to contestants ages 13 and up. Entrants into this category may have won up to five costume contest awards at any convention (Sci-Fi on the Rock, Atlanticon, Hal-con, etc.). You do not have to have won any awards to enter in this category, and particularly skilled but award-less contestants are encouraged to enter this division.
The Workmanship category is an additional, optional level of judging focused on the skill and detail that has been put into constructing a costume. Entrants in the Novice and Journeyman categories may elect to be judged for workmanship in addition to participating in the main contest. The Contest Chairs will meet with contestants individually to inspect and discuss the construction of the costume. Prejudging for the workmanship category will take place Sunday from 2:30-3:30 in the Plymouth room.
This year we are introducing a new award for Best in Show, the costume that makes the overall greatest impression on the judges will take home the top overall prize for the contest. The winner will be selected from all entrants regardless of level of entry, as the judges favourite and most impactful costume.
For the safety of all convention attendees, the following policy towards such items will be strictly enforced. Costumers are expected to read and comply to it completely. Failure to do so will result in warnings and potentially loss of convention membership.
Two very important things to remember first and foremost:
Examples include (but are not limited to):
Please take note of these other prohibited items:
Failure to adhere to one or more of the above rules will result in any or all of the following penalties being swiftly enforced:
Any act of gross negligence or public endangerment may result in criminal charges beyond the control of Sci-Fi On The Rock. (Please remember that the general public may have no idea that the convention is in progress and may react in the extreme if they feel threatened.)