2020 Contests

Thanks to our wonderful donors, sponsors, program partners and volunteers, the Coldwater Steampunk Festival is proud to offer you many ways to get your steampunk on!

This year's ONLINE contests include:

NEW - Video Wishes 
NEW - Creative Writing
Revised - Arts Competition 
Revised - Costume Contest
Updated - Photo Contest 

Check out the Details Below*

NEW - Creative Writing Contest: Fountain Pens Optional!

Grab your fountain pen, quill, stylus, or speech-to-text generator, and let your imagination run wild! 

  • Share a memory, story, poem, or song about the Coldwater Steampunk Festival; or 
  • Tell a tale about Coldwater's past; or
  • Spin a new yarn set in our fabulous community; and
  • You could win a cool prize! 


  • No Entry Fee
  • 500 word maximum
  • Open to people of all ages 
  • All submissions must be original work of participant 
  • Click HERE to enter contest
  • DEADLINE:   5:00 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Winners to be announced on Facebook: Friday, August 28, 2020 

  • Enter as often as you like! 

Questions? Concerns? Please email:csteampunk033@gmail.com

NEW - Video Wishes 

It's our 10th Anniversary this year - and we miss you!

We want to see your awesome faces, and would love to hear your best wishes for our 10 years of creativity!

Now, here is your chance to win a Limited Edition 2020 Festival T-Shirt.

  • Put on your Steampunk Headgear
  • Video your message: "Happy 10th Anniversary Coldwater Steampunk Festival!"
  • Post it on YOUR social media: #ColdSteam 2020
  • Send the video to US at: https://cutt.ly/YiGCmK

DEADLINE: by 5:00 pm on August 5, 2020*

Enter this FREE Contest Now!

Follow us on Facebook for the 28 Days of Steampunk, starting August 6, 2020.  Maybe we'll share your video with our thousands of followers. 

: )

FREE Scavenger Hunt!

Pick up your list at the Ice Cream Shop 

Take a Selfie with the 

   ~  Tardis,

~  Stingray, 

~  Barnstormer, 

~  Squirrel Mural; and 

~  Canada 150 Tree Sculpture. 

Visit 18 Coldwater Road between 12noon - 4 pm on Saturday August 22 & August 29, 2020 

Show us your Selfies & get a FREE limited edition 2020 Coldwater Steampunk Charms Collection!

Art & Fabrication Competition

Total Prize Purse $250  

No Entry Fees!

Theme: Steampunk and/or the Magical World of Fairies and Dragons


  • Children's Art
  • Sculptures
  • Accessories & Jewelry
  • 2-D Art

Drop off entries to the Coldwater Mill*: 

10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Judging: Monday, August 10, 2020

Winners will be called and/or emailed and Announced on Facebook.


Children's Art

2-D Art


Steampunk Accessories

& Jewelry & 


Online Costume Contest 

COVID 19 demands we get creative in how we have fun AND stay safe. This year, as the Coldwater Steampunk Festival celebrates 10 years, we are moving our Costume Contest online. 

Make your "Gaslamp Fantasy" costume.

Smile. Take some Selfies. Show us your headgear. 

Take a full body photo (front, back and side). 

Check the categories (to the right.)


Deadline: 5:00 pm on Thurs., Aug. 20, 2020 *

NO Registration Fee Required

Children 12 & Under

  • Best Handmade Prop by a Child
  • Best Handmade Costume by a Child
  • Best Themed Costume

Youth 13-17

  • Best Handmade Prop by a Youth
  • Best Handmade Costume by a Youth
  • Best Themed Costume

Adult 18 & Up

  • Best Headpiece / Mask
  • Best Handmade Prop
  • Best Handmade Costume
  • Best Themed Costume

BEST IN SHOW - Open to all ages!

Photo Contest

ONLINE, No Entry Fee *

$100 Prize Purse ($50 First Place, $25 for each of Two Honourable Mentions)

Strap on your headgear, step outside, explore your community and architecture. Take a selfie or photo of a person, place or thing that SCREAMS Steampunk to you.

Maximum TWO (2) Photos per person

Must be originals digital files submitted by contestant

No larger 8x10 (200-360 dpi in gif, jpg, or png file format)

Photos MUST be taken between Aug. 6 – Sept. 2, 2020

Email: Your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and files to: csteampunk033@gmail.com

Subject Line: Photo Contest

Deadline: Monday, Oct. 12 @ 5 pm

Winners to be announced October 31st

By entering this contest, you agree to the above rules/guidelines that the Coldwater Steampunk Festival and its partners retain the right to use submitted images for promotional and commercial use for all time. 

2019 First Place

Hot Rod Belle & Dragon

by Robert Alsop

2019 Second Place 
Smiling Nurse 
by Don Leigh


2019 Third Place

Bronze Soldier

by Ashley Dervaric


* Please not that entering a contest and/or attending the Coldwater Steampunk Festival gives automatic consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Entry onto the grounds constitutes consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice, name and creations for any purpose whatsoever in connection with the Coldwater Steampunk Festival. 

Please understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by participating in Festival activities and/or entering the area. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the grounds.