Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 37: Monster Mash-up, May 26 - 29, 2023 Missoula, Montana

MisCon 37 Costume Contest

The Costume Contest will be Sunday evening. Everyone is urged to come and participate and to cheer their favorite costume entries. The entry form is available online. The cutoff for registration is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday during the convention. No late entries will be accepted. Judging takes place prior to the contest, anyone wishing to participate will be required to attend. Please check the schedule for time and location. Winners will be announced immediately following the Contest. Awards and Prizes will be handed out at that time and you must be present to win.

General Rules

  • All costume contest participants must be registered attendees of MisCon
  • Online entries are required and must be completed prior to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday of the Convention (5/28/2022). No late entries will be accepted.
  • Please use discretion with your costume. We ask that remember: If you wouldn't wear it to a pool, don't wear it here. The MisCon Costume Director has final say on all entries.
  • Your costume must be finished prior to judging. No sewing, gluing, spray painting, or emergency construction work is allowed backstage.
  • By appearing in the Costume Contest, you are agreeing to allow MisCon to use video or photos of you in costume for future use.
  • Skit contest only: If you would like to walk out to custom music, please send it in with the registration email in a .MP3 or .MP4 format. Please note that you will only have three minutes on stage, so please keep your music to that length.
  • Any prop weapon must have passed inspection and be approved by MisCon Security and peace-bonded appropriately. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
  • For safety reasons the following are not allowed on stage:
    • Live animals (exception including registered service animals)
    • substances which may damage or soil other costumes
    • aerosol sprays
    • or projectiles.
  • No pyrotechnics will be permitted. This is including but not limited to:
    • Fire
    • Flash powder
    • Explosives
    • Smoke bombs
    • Fireworks
  • Costumes with electric power requirements need to be battery operated or self-contained.
  • The Costume Director has the right to eliminate any entry from the competition on the basis of taste, danger to audience or facilities, violation of any of the above rules or any other reason deemed sufficient.


Please be on time and come prepared to your judging time. Please bring any reference photos you may have as our Judges are not always familiar with every character from every TV series, movie, manga, anime, or game and be ready to discuss the costume with the Judges. Judges reserve the right to bump you to a higher entry level at their discretion.

Backstage Facilities

There are no bathrooms or private dressing areas backstage, so you will need to come fully costumed. There may be limited space backstage for props or pieces of large costumes, but we can't guarantee that. Please make arrangements with the Costume Director if you have particular needs.

Costume Contest Divisions

To ensure that all contestants are judged fairly, we have split registration into skill divisions. Please ensure that you select your appropriate category when registering for the contest. Group entries must state the level that their most experienced member meets the criteria for. The judges and costume team reserve the right to to bump a contestant into a higher category level if they deem it a higher skill level. Divisions are as follows:

Entry Level costumer, have not yet won an award in a costume contest. Professional costumers** may not enter the Novice division
  1. Entrants 13 years of age or older
  2. Costumer who has never entered a contest
  3. Costumer who has NOT won an award in any costume competition at the adult level
Mid-Level costumer, has won less than 3 awards. Professional costumers** may not enter the Journeyman division
  1. Entrants 13 years of age or older
  2. Costumer who has won one (1) but less than three (3) awards in adult competition such as: First Place, Judges Choice, Best Craftsmanship, etc.
  3. Costumer who has NOT won a "Best in Show" or "Best in Class" award at the Journeyman level
  4. Costumer who has NOT won any kind of award at the Master level, including Runner Up or Honourable Mention prizes
  5. Any Novice who wishes to compete as a Journeyman
Primarily for advanced costumers and professionals** in the costuming field
  1. Entrants 13 years of age or older
  2. Costumers who have won three (3) or more awards in adult competition
  3. Costumers who have won a "Best in Show" or "Best in Class" award at the Journeyman Level
  4. Costumers who have won ANY kind of award at the Master level
  5. Any costumer regardless of experience or past awards who wishes to compete as a Master

* MisCon reserves the right to combine or split skill divisions as required for any reason and without notice to meet the needs of the competition.
** A Professional Costumer is defined as any individual who is hired for pay on fulltime basis to create costumes for any kind of studio or theatrical organization OR who obtains more than 25% of their yearly income through commissioned costumes for other individuals.