2021 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 for FREE!

This year's ONLINE contests include:

NEW - Poster Design Competition
NEW - LEGO Contest
Revised - Writing Contest
Online - Costume Contest

Regulations, deadlines and other details are listed below. 

PLEASE NOTE: by entering a contest you are automatically giving the Coldwater Steampunk Festival and its partners consent to use your name, image, and replicas of your work in print and digital media without notice or compensation.

NEW Poster Design Competition

Cue the spooky music, flashing lights and racing heartbeats! 

Tap into your inner Sci-Fi Movie Producer, and imagine an action-packed out-of-this world adventure that would have audiences begging for more. 

Now grab your tablet,  Think of the classic "B" drive-in movies

Create a fictitious "B Movie" Poster for your chance to win a fun prize. Digital Images submitted must be:


~ Full Colour

~ Print Size: maximum 8.5 x 11 inches

~ Digital Resolution: 300 dpi

~ Open to all ages

Email Entries to DiscoverColdwater@gmail.com

Deadline: 5 pm, August 26, 2021

Steampunk Lego Challenge

Please DOWNLOAD a 

Registration Package

It includes: Rules, Categories, Important Dates, and a Registration Form. 

Thank you!

All entries must be unique creations, and be in line with the Coldwater Steampunk Festival’s 2021 “Go Galactic” theme. They may be inspired by science-fiction fantasy comics, books or movies, or be imagined alternate realities, or dreams of the future!

Categories Include.

  • Space Crafts and Airships
  • Terrestrial Transportation
  • Homes and Castles
  • Wild Card – Miscellaneous

Open to Adults, Youth and Elementary School Students, with points being awarded to younger participants to level the playing field.

Entry is FREE

Limit of ONE Entry Per Participant

Entries are to be on Display at 20 Coldwater Road, August 5-22, 2021

One winner is to be selected from each category, and will be announced on Facebook on August 21. Names and Photos of participants, and descriptions of creations, may be published via digital and print media, and organizers.

Judging Criteria:

Design/ Appearance

Use of Colour

Care in Construction

Interpretation of Theme

All designs must be original, AND be built ahead of time by the Participant using only Lego. No materials will be provided by the contest organizers.

No onsite construction will be permitted.

Entries may be include several pieces, or be one solitary item.

Base Limit = 10 x 10 inches

Height Limit = 24 inches

All Entries must be labelled with the builder’s name, phone number & address on underneath its base. Decisions by Judges are final.

Important Dates

Drop Off: July 29- August 7

Drop Off LABELED Designs to The Red Shed 20 Coldwater Road from 10 am - 4 pm

Judging: Winners to be announced at 5 pm on Sat., August 21 
on Facebook/ColdwaterSteampunkFestival. One winner per category. All decisions are final.

Pick Up: AUGUST 22 - 31 from 10 am - 4 pm

September 1: Unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time, unclaimed entries become the property of the Steampunk Festival


Please contact the Coldwater Steampunk Festival 705-715-6950

Creative Writing Contest: Fountain Pens Optional!

Imagine the possibilities. 

Hundreds of years ago, when Victorians looked to the heavens and imagined reaching the stars, telephones were for the rich. Horse-drawn carriages filled the streets. Electric light bulbs were slowing replacing gas lamps. 

The Coldwater Steampunk's Annual Writing Competition invites you to travel back in time, and create an alternate universe with life on other planets. 

Grab your fountain pen, quill, or speech-to-text generator, and GO GALACTIC! 

~ No Entry Fee

~ Must be original, unpublished work

~ 500 word max

~ May be a Poem, Short Story, Song Lyrics OR a Radio Advertisement Script for a Fictitious Sci-Fi Movie~

~ Must be inspired by the Steampunk Festival, its "Go Galactic" theme, OR be set in our "Village by the River." 

Deadline: 5 pm on August 29, 2021

Email: DiscoverColdwater@gmail.com

Winners to be announced in October


 Congratulations to our 2020 Scribes: 

  1. Paul Rollinson - The Path                Stan Joskowitz - Something is Afoot in Coldwater         Marco Borrelli - Gas Lamp Cold 

Costume Contest


Open to All Ages!


Cast your eyes towards the Heavens, and picture yourself back in the 18th Century... dreaming of intergalactic escapades. 

Where are you going? Who will you meet? What will you do? 

And... What will you WEAR? 

Send of THREE (3) Fun Photos of your "Go Galactic" Steampunk costume, and you could win a fabulous prize. 

Send us a few playful pictures of you: 

  • Head On
  • In Profile
  • An an Interesting Pose or Action Shot

Deadline: 5 pm on August 22, 2021

Email: DiscoverColdwater@gmail.com

Winners to be announced in October

2020 Costume Winners

Past Photo ContestWinners

2020 First Place

Green Cape

by Erin Hawke

2020 Second Place 

Blue Vampire Selfie 

by Veronica Clark 

2020 Third Place

Laser Gun

by Dale Robert Dick 

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

2018 Winner

2018 Winner

* 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.