Announcing A Special Costume PrizeBantam Dell Publishing Group, in recognition of Torcon 3 Guest of Honour George R.R. Martin, will be awarding a special prize of $500.00 U.S. for the Best Costume inspired by his outstanding body of work.
The costume can be based on any of his works, including short fiction and full length novels.
Costumers who wish to be judged for this award are encouraged to bring documentation. This could include a photocopy of a book cover and/or a photocopy of a descriptive paragraph from one of Mr. Martin's books. Do not submit original books or art work as we will not be responsible for their safety.
Please indicate on your entry form, in the space provided, if you wish to be considered for this award.
A Masquerade entry form is available online (Acrobat PDF document).
All Masquerade entries must preregister, either by mail or at the convention.
Mailed-in entry forms must be post-marked by July 20, 2003. Contestants must check in at the Masquerade desk at the convention by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th, 2003. Contestants attending on Sunday day-passes see information below.
Registration at the convention will take place Friday, August 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 30th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Late entry forms, submitted after August 30th at 1:00 p.m., will not be accepted.
Original Contestant Signatures are Required
Masquerade Contestants Using Sunday Day Passes
Presentation Time Limits
Introductions, Music and Sound
There will not be any microphones provided for the contestants. No microphones will be allowed onstage, nor may any contestant directly address the audience. If you have narration or dialogue included with your presentation it must be recorded on a tape or CD.
If you have an introduction, music or sound effects to accompany your presentation, record it on a standard cassette tape or CD. It is strongly advised that you bring two copies of your tape or CD in case of any problems encountered with the original. Make sure you label the tape with your name, costume title, and the correct side to be played. For a CD write the track number to be played legibly on the CD.
If the sound runs longer than your presentation (e.g., a commercial CD) or must be cut on cue, please be very specific as to when to cut. The usual cue is to fade the sound as the entrant leaves the stage. It is best, when you want the sound to end at a specific point on a CD, to record the material you want onto a recordable medium such a cassette, or self-burned CD.
Do not submit valuable or rare original CDs or cassette tapes. Copy on to a standard cassette tape or self-burned CD.
Submit one copy of your CD or cassette tape to Masquerade registration by Friday at 9:00 p.m. Bring the other copy to Masquerade technical rehearsal, and backstage with you on the night of the Masquerade. If there are any problems with your original copy it should show up at the rehearsal, but it is always best to have a back-up copy with you during the Masquerade.
Stage and Rehearsals
Technical rehearsals are planned for Sunday. This rehearsal is not for the contestants to perfect their entry, it is for the technical and backstage crew to see what you will be doing on stage. Please rehearse your presentation in advance of the convention.
Junior contestants will present first. Other entries which include children may request to go on next if they do so at the time of registration. If there are any special circumstances that would affect your place in line (such as running a bid party), please discuss them with the Masquerade Director when you checkin at the convention. The Masquerade Director will attempt to comply with your requests, but cannot guarantee placement.
Size Limits for Masquerade Costumes
We request that you construct your costume and props so that they can fit through the doors to the green room and onto the freight elevator.
The door from the green room to the corridor leading to the freight elevator is: height 9 feet 6 inches, and width 5 feet.
The freight elevators are: door size - height 9 feet, and width 11 feet 6 inches. The interior size of the elevators is 11 feet 6 inches X 13 feet 6 inches.
Please construct your costumes accordingly.
Photography and Video Taping
Contact Christine at email:
or write to her
We will be selling photos of the contestants, digital photos on disk of the contestants, and video tapes of the masquerade. Further details will be provided when they become available.
Judging Divisions and Information
The Standard Division System, in accordance with the International Costumers' Guild Guidelines, will be used as follows:
Junior Division (formerly the Young Fan Division)