Cosplay Contest Rules

Our most popular cosplay event, the Cosplay Contest is a performance event for cosplayers of all skill levels to show off their costumes. Contestants can perform in either a skit or a walk-on. There are competitive and non-competitive rounds, so everyone can play! Awards are given for Best in Show for skits, walk-ons, craftsmanship and Judges Choice.

General Cosplay Rules

  • No real weapons allowed! This includes (but is not limited to) guns, swords, projectiles, explosives, etc. All prop weapons must be checked by Convention Security and peace-bonded each day. See Info Desk for Weapons Checks.
  • Costumes must have height clearance of 6. 5.
  • Costumes must be kept appropriate . no nudity is allowed.
  • Shoes must be worn in all public areas of the hotel . including convention areas.

Cosplay Contest

  • The Masquerade is a theatrical performance of Cosplay. This includes a Fashion Show of Walk-Ons and Skits performed by Cosplayers. There are two rounds: Competitive and Non-Competitive. Best in Show and Judges Choice Awards will be given for Craftsmanship, Skit, and Walk-On categories.
  • All contestants must check in at Info Desk before the Masquerade (Friday by 7pm or Saturday by 11am).

Non-Competitive Skit or Walk-On:

  • For people who just want to have a little fun on stage. This category is open to everyone (staff, volunteers, guests, etc.). Costumes do not need to be handmade.

Craftsmanship:

  • Please specify level of competition on application form: Novice or Advanced
  • Costumes must be from an anime, manga, or video game of Japanese origin.
  • Costumes must be handmade.
  • Please provide a reference picture of your character prior to the convention.
  • Judging times will be assigned at Check-In.

Competitive Skit or Walk-On:

  • Please specify level of competition on application form: Novice or Advanced
  • Costumes must be from an anime, manga, or video game of Japanese origin.
  • Costumes must be handmade.
  • Content must be kept to a PG level. No nudity, swearing, etc. Rule of thumb: If you wouldn.t show it to your parents, don.t show it to us.

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