The Standard Division System, in accordance with the International Costumers’ Guild Guidelines, will be used as follows:
Also known as the Young Fan Division. Any contestant under 13 years of age at the time of this competition may compete in the Junior Division. The Junior Division is divided into two sub-divisions.
Junior Self-Made: A junior contestant who has largely or wholly constructed his/her own costume.
Junior Adult-Made: A junior contestant whose costume has been largely or wholly constructed by an adult
A contestant who has not won a major award at a Masquerade other than as a Junior costumer. Workmanship Awards, an Honourable Mention or an Honoured for Excellence Awards need not apply to this count.
A contestant who has won fewer than three awards at Masquerades while competing in the Journeyman Division.
Any costumer who has won three or more awards; or who wishes to enter this division, provided that they do not belong in a higher division in use in the competition.
A contestant who has won more than three times in the Artisan Division, or has won a Master award at a Worldcon, CostumeCon, or a major award at a nationally recognized regional Anime Convention. Also, anyone who is a professional in a Costume-related business must compete as a Master. For the purpose of this competition, a professional is defined as making 50% or more to their income in the costuming-related business. If there are not sufficient Masters competing to fulfill this division, those entries will be judged in the Artisan Division.
The Masquerade is an amateur competition. Purchased or rented costumes may not be entered in competition for awards, but may be shown on stage in the Out-of-Competition Division.
Judging for Workmanship Awards will take place backstage prior to the start of the Masquerade. These awards, for excellence in construction,
will be given out in addition to the Masquerade awards. Contestants can be judged on costume or only on a specific piece or prop. Workmanship judging is optional, so contestants need to indicate on the entry form their wish to be included in this judging. Workmanship judging can apply to entries in any of the Divisions, except the Out-Of-Competition Division. Quality is quality, no matter the Division, and a beautiful job deserves recognition. Our Workmanship Judge(s) will look for technical skill, finishing, fit, handling of fabric and materials, etc.
Documentation can include any pictorial representation of the costume. Provide copies only; do not bring originals. It is strongly recommended that contestants provide documentation for re-creation costume entries if they feel the Judges may not be familiar with a particular topic (e.g. Anime/Manga, Fantasy, etc.). Contestants who are entering a costume for workmanship judging need to bring two copies of documentation.
A contestant may compete in a Division higher than the one they are eligible to enter. Keep in mind that if the contestant wins in this higher Division, they must compete in that Division in future competitions.