Here's the outline to help you decide what category to sign up in. If you wish to go through Workmanship Judging before the Masquerade, those instructions will be after the basic guidelines in each appropriate category.

Exhibition Class: This category is for contestants who only wish to show off their costume, do not want their costume to be evaluated, or are presenting a store-bought or a commissioned costume. No documentation needed. Limit 25 entrants.

Young Fan Division: This category is for entrants 12 and under. We'll do that at the beginning of the Masquerade so the kids get the spotlight first! These costumes do not need documentation but will require an adult in attendance and present onstage with any children under 7.

Novice Class: This category is for contestants new to costuming or costume competitions. As a guideline, 0 to 100 hours spent and 60% of the costume must be made/significantly modified by the contestant. or who have won less than 3 competitions in the Novice Category.

Workmanship Judging: Reference Pictures/Inspirations pictures are required. *Maximum allowed time with Workmanship Judges: 5 minutes*
Limit 25 entrants

Journeyman Class: This category is for contestants with acquired skill in costuming or competition, but do not wish to compete in the Master division yet. As a guideline, 100-300 hours spent and 70% of the costume must be made/significantly modified by the contestant, or have won no more than 3 competitions as a Journeyman or intermediate rank.

Workmanship Judging: Reference Pictures/Inspirations pictures are required and some progress pictures. Optional written documentation is encouraged (3, one for each judge, and must be in color). *Maximum time allowed with judges: 10 minutes*
Limit 15 entrants.

Master Class: This category is for contestants with significant experience with costuming or costume competitions who wish to receive scrutiny and specific criticism regarding their costume. As a guideline, 300+ hours spent on and 80% of the costume must be made/significantly modified by the contestant, or have won no more than 3 competitions in the Master or Expert level or placed as Best In Show for 3 competitions.

Workmanship Judging: Documentation of the costume is required (reference pictures, inspiration pictures, progress pictures, design sketches, finished pictures, and must be in color) Must include 3 copies, one for each judge. Limit 10 entrants
*Maximum time allowed with judges: 15 minutes*

Group Entries: Groups can enter as any class they like and have their work judged for the Workmanship prizes. Please have appropriate documentation for upload to the judges So they have time to look over all the concepts at work!

Short Dramatizations: To better show off your costumes, skits are encouraged. If you are going to have a skit, please limit it to 4 minutes or less. We highly recommend pre-taping your dialogue and music so the audience doesn't have the distraction of passing a microphone back and forth. If you will be singing, that's a different story but we still recommend pre-taping the background music.

What is a Westercon?
In 1948, Walter J. “Doc” Daugherty of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for West Coast fans who couldn’t afford to travel east each year. The first Westercon was held in September, 1948. It was a one-day event with an attendance of 77. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Westercon became a weekend-long event, settled into the July 4th holiday and began traveling to different cities. For a full history and traditions of this regional event, please visit

In the Works...

Committee Gallery
Images of our committee to show how we are tackling the job and how crazy we can be!

Which Convention is Next?

Find out where our flyers will be, tables, parties or us! February 2018 is so busy we crammed our flyers in 5 different places over Valentines Day Weekend!

Farpoint MD Hunt Valley, MD

February 9 - 11th, 2018

Location: Delta Hotel by Marriott

Our flyers are reaching further than ever, and thanks to Keith DeCandido, they are going to Farpoint! Have fun Maryland!



Capricon Wheeling, Il

Dates: February 15 - 18th, 2018

Location: The Westin Chicago North Shore

All hail fan GOH Dave McCarty for Capricon, but also find our flyers thanks to Bill Thomasson who is going to hold a "TrainCon" to Westercon 72 in 2019!

Capricon 38


LTUE 36 Provo, Utah

Dates: February 15 - 17th, 2018

Location: Provo Marriott & UVCC

Our Programming Dept. Head - Elizabeth Vann-Clark hopes to say hello, dazzle you with everything we have planned and ply you with ribbons or artwork. Our chair, treasurer, artists and social media will also be there reminding you to get your membership early and presupport our NASFiC bid.


Gallifrey One

Gallifrey One Los Angeles, CA

February 16 - 18th, 2018

Location: The Marriott LAX

A what? not what, Doctor Who! thank you to some of our committee including Chris Marble and David Gallaher for spreading our flyer love through space and time

Gallifrey One


Boskone 55 Boston, MA

Dates: February 16 - 18th, 2018

Location: Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston Mass.

Congrats to Mary Robinette Kowal on GOH, and find a table much like this one with everything you need to presupport the NASFiC Bid, dang Train Gang hijacking us again! Thank you Steve Davidson!

Boskone 55


Radcon Pasco, WA

Dates: February 16 - 18th, 2018

Location: Red Lion Hotel

Yes we crammed flyers at yet another convention! Although we spirited away our Program chair Liz to help with LTUE, Her faithful team is still taking flyers to Radcon and spreading the word!