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Friday, May 15


Steampunk Poetry Slam
Announcing the first ever STEAMPUNK POETRY SLAM!! Hosted by your slam-mistress Lady Gotham/Dianne Miller.

Are you a poet, aching for a venue at Steampunk World’s Fair? Do you love to perform and write your own poetry? Do you hang around poetry venues? Are you a fan of the spoken word? Do you like judging things? Do you like clapping, cheering or making noise for any reason at all??? Then we need YOU at the Steampunk Poetry Slam!

Enjoy a couple of hours of verbal pugilism as poets go head to head in a competition for bragging rights (and prizes!!) of the best wordsmith of the Fair!!

This will be a three round poetry slam, highest scoring poets will be advanced to the next round. Poetry must be original and your own work. You will have the standard 3 minutes to perform your poem. You do not need to memorize your work, you may read from notes, but no props allowed. In this case, we will waive the “no costumes allowed” standard poetry slam rule as we’ll all be on an equal footing in that respect.

Due to the nature of some of the prizes, we ask that all poets be 18 years old and over.

Tell your friends, bring people to cheer for you! We need judges as well! Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before. Judging is best by those who have NO experience!!

Friday May 15, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Centennial Room Embassy
Saturday, May 16


Show Off! Costume Contest
Yes, we have not one, but TWO costume contests at The Steampunk World’s Fair this year!

Announcing the Steampunk Worlds Fair 2015 Costume Contest Extravaganza! A chance for exhibition and recognition of your hard work and ingenuity in costume making and assemblage. Costumers of the Con, this is your time to shine!

The Contest will be Hosted and Judged by the Four Hussars of the Apocalypse, Oberst- Colonel Caleb Graham, Field Marshal H. Brevard Brown III, and their Majesties Emperor & Empress Erik & Re Teague.

This year, in the interest of speediness and to be more inclusive, the Costume Contest will have a new format. Contestants will be grouped into one of 5 categories, which are:

Adventurer Group – Includes: Explorers, Hunters, Bandits, Safari Types, Pirates, Aviators, Ship Captains, Detectives, etc.
Science Group – Includes: Both the Mad and Sane Varieties, Doctors, Professors, Inventors, Tinkers, Engineers, etc.
Military Group – Includes: Soldiers, Officers, Flying Aces, Mercenaries, Generals, etc.
Cosplay Group – Includes: Any version or riff of an EXISTING character; i.e. Superheroes, Fairy Tales, Anime, Sci- Fi Characters, Movie Characters, Literary Characters, Comic Book Characters, etc.
Group Costumes – Any group of 3 or more costumes of a like theme (pairs may enter the other categories). This can be a uniformed crew, monster fighting team, group of super heroes or fairy- tale characters, or any unified theme- costume group.
Each group will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winner, then from among the 1st place winners in each category we will select the 1st Place “Best in Con” Winner!

Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Midway Grand Tent Midway


Dark Victorian Costume Contest
Setup and Contestant prep 3:30-4
Contest 4-4:45

We are opening submissions for our Dark Victoriana Costume contest sponsored in part by The Poe Museum, Dellamorte & Co., Immortal Visions Paper Crafts, and our gracious hosts The Steampunk World’s Fair.

To apply, simply email Obscuraart@gmail.com with a name for your costume, your own name, and a quick sentence description of your costume.

•Best in Show
•Most Creative/Original Dark Victorian Costume
•Outstanding Construction in Costume or Accessories
•Best Pop Culture Character in Dark Victorian Costume

Our Judges include Chris Semtner of the Poe Museum, Abigail Larson, Michael Locascio of Dellamorte & Co, and Erik Reagan and Re Teague of www.erikteaguedesign.com.

Saturday May 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Salon D Radisson
Sunday, May 17


Concardia Tournament
ConCardia is a new kind of game, unlike any other. Instead of buying it in a store, you collect it at an event! At a ConCardia event, players visit the ConCardia table, get the starter set of cards and a rules explanation if needed. They then adventure around the convention, seeking out vendors, performers, and others with cards to give them. Cards could be anywhere!

The cards are built into a deck and used to compete against other players in tournaments at the event.

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:00am - 3:00pm
Boardroom B Radisson


Quick and the Dead Quick-Draw Competition
Are you fast enough?

The Quick and the Dead Quick-Draw Competition comes to The Steampunk World’s Fair for its second installment! Last year, current champion Captain Samuel Buford gunned down Ex-U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp in a blaze of glory. Buford has decided to Re-Open the competition and put his title of “Fastest Gun in the Weird West” on the line against all comers.

Check your schedule for the time and place of the tourney! This Competition is open to all professional gunfighters, law-dogs, pirates, pistoleers, soldiers of fortune, and shootists. Whoever survives to the final round will receive the title of “Fastest Gun in the Weird West” and a custom shootin’ iron from Karnevil Kreations, losers get a free pine box and a dirt nap.

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Courtyard Grasslands Radisson


Facial Hair Competition
After a year’s hiatus, the Facial Hair Competition is back!
Categories Include:

– Best Goatee
– Best Full Beard
– Best Mustache
– Best Mutton Chops
– Longest Facial Hair
– Best Free Form (Free Form contestants are allowed to add extensions and bibbity bobs as desired, allowing even for those of us who can’t grow our own facial hair!)

Prizes in every category, and a Prize for the Best in Show as determined by the Audience!

Sunday May 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Stage Radisson