As part of our commitment to give back to the local geeky community we proudly run a scholarship competition leading up to each of our events. Our Ottawa Geek Market Arts Scholarship program seeks to recognize geeky artists who share our passion for comic books, science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, anime, or horror by helping put some money towards their tuition, no matter what they are studying.

To date we’ve awarded $6,000 in scholarships, $3,000 to short story authors, and $3,000 to visual artists.

This October’s competition

For our October 2016 event we’re hosting a competition for artists who make a) wearable accessories or b) jewellery inspired by sci-fi, fantasy, comic book, horror, anime, steampunk, or gaming references. The winner of each category will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Congrats to our finalists!

Accessories category:

  • Meaghan Mueller – Alicia from Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria Wings
  • Marie-Andrée Marcoux – Steampunk Tinkerbell Wings
  • Celina Westbrook – Power Rangers Pink Ranger in Pink and Black, Headband and Cuffs

Jewellery Category:

  • Courtney Stone – Dungeons and Dragons Inspired Chain Bracelet
  • Kat Wright – Asuna From Sword Art Online’s Necklace

To see photos of their entries, please see our Facebook announcement.

More about the scholarship process

We define wearable accessories as accessories that are worn on the body and are distinct from jewellery and costumes/props/weapons, including, but not limited to: crowns, tiaras, helmets, bracers, belt buckles, quivers, sword sheaths, belts, capes, pauldrons (shoulder armour), chest plates, and greaves (leg armour).

For the jewellery category, we’ll be accepting entries for: necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, anklets, pendants, rings and talismans.

We’ll be judging each entry based on the following criteria: attention to detail, workmanship, and materials used. Entries can be either replicas of the original source material or pieces inspired by the source material.

To be eligible for the scholarships you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Be attending a post-secondary program (this includes colleges, universities and art schools) in Canada in the 2016-2017 academic year. It doesn’t matter what program you’re studying in. 🙂
  • Be available to show your entry at the Ottawa Geek Market the weekend of October 15th-16th  (free admission for all finalists will be provided).

How to Apply

There are 2 steps to the application process.

Step 1: Fill out our scholarship application form.

Step 2: Send us the following photos of  your cosplay accessory or jewellery piece:

  • 1 photo that clearly shows the original source that inspired your piece.
  • 2-3 images of your piece as it’s being made so we can clearly see how you created it.
  • 2-3 images of your completed piece so we can see it from different angles.

Please note that you may only apply for one scholarship category, and that each photo should be no larger that 1MB in size. All photos should mailed to scholarship@geekmarket.ca.

The Selection Process

There will be two stages to the selection process:

  • In the first round, applications will be reviewed by local cosplayers and jewellery artists. This process will be blind, meaning that no personal information will be shared with the Application Review Committee. All applicants will be contacted with the results of the review process by October 7th.
  • In the second round, all finalists will be required to bring their items to the Ottawa Geek Market the weekend of October 15th and 16th to be put on display and reviewed by the Application Review Committee in person. Your piece will also be seen by a large number patrons of the Ottawa Geek Market who will be invited to vote on their favourite entries. “Fan Favourite” prizes will be awarded to one winner in each of our two categories. All winners will be announced on Sunday October 16th at 3:00 pm during a scholarship award presentation.

Important Dates

  • September 1st – Application process opens.
  • October 1st – Deadline for application submissions.
  • October 7th – Finalists will be announced.
  • October 16th – Final selection will take place at the Ottawa Geek Market.

If you have any questions about the scholarship program or the application process, please contact our Scholarship Coordinator Yana Brion at scholarship@geekmarket.ca.