NOVICE: FOR FIRST YEAR COMPETITORS OR COMPETITORS WHO HAVE YET TO WIN JUDGES AWARDS, THIS DIVISION REQUIRES THAT AT LEAST 50% OF THE COSPLAY BE MADE BY, OR HEAVILY ALTERED BY THE WEARER.
JOURNEYMEN: FOR COMPETITORS OR COMPETITORS WHO HAVE BEEN COSPLAYING FOR OVER TWO YEARS, OR COMPETITORS WHO HAVE WON COMPETITIONS IN THE PAST FROM NOVICE OR INTERMEDIATE. THIS DIVISION REQUIRES THAT AT LEAST 70% OF THE COSPLAY BE MADE BY, OR HEAVILY ALTERED BY THE WEARER.
MASTERS: FOR COMPETITORS WHO ARE PROFESSIONAL SEAMSTRESSES, TAILORS, COSTUME DESIGNERS OR HAVE COSPLAYED FOR OVER 10 YEARS, OR COMPETITORS WHO HAVE WON COMPETITIONS IN THE PAST FROM BEST IN CLASS, BEST IN DIVISION OR BEST IN SHOW.
While entrants may enter in any class they qualify for, judges reserve the right to change a competitor’s class at any time. Entrants may only enter one class and one division.
Class restrictions are strictly enforced. If any competitor is found to have entered a class below their skill level, the competitor will be immediately moved to a higher class. If a competitor is found to have intentionally entered a class below their skill level (also known as sandbagging), the competitor risks immediate disqualification.
Rude remarks, put-downs, or other unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a warning. Intense cases may result in immediate disqualification. Respect the staff, the judges, and your fellow competitors. Judges are not permitted to discuss the judging process or the results. This is to protect entrants, judges, and staff, as well as to maintain the professionalism of the contest.
Competitors have 45 seconds of stage time beginning when the competitor crosses onto the staging area from backstage. Competitors are allowed to submit a custom audio through our email or application process. Staff may contact you about your file if it is too low-quality for the stage. If you do not submit an audio, music will be chosen for you. Audio must be all ages appropriate. Entrants with larger costumes or other concerns crossing the stage will be allotted time within reason to clear the stage outside of their 45 second performance window. No microphones will be available to Walk-On contestants.
All competitors must be judged before the cosplay contest begins. Time slots will be scheduled Saturday morning to all persons who signed up online or walk-up’s at the convention when they pick up their badges.
Time slots are 3 min intervals to explain and showcase your work to the judges. If you are not present when your time slot is called, you will be moved to the end and called when all assigned time slots have been completed.
Competitors who are entering as a model for a commissioner/tailor/seamstress must have the commissioner/tailor/seamstress present during pre-judging.
Competitors who have not been pre-judged when the contest begins, will be disqualified.
1. All costumes must conform to a TV-PG rating. No nudity, explicit sexual content, or references to drugs or alcohol are permitted.
2. There is absolutely no flash powder, liquid, food, or projectile weaponry allowed on stage at any time. Anything a competitor brings on stage with them must leave the stage with them. This is not our stage. Please be respectful of the space.
3. Competitors must arrive on time for lineup and seating. Competitors arriving more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified from the competition. If an emergency arises, please contact the staff.
4. The stage will have marked locations for the competitor to follow, stop at and pose, and then exit the stage afterwards. Do exit or jump off the stage from the front.
5.Competitors may not touch or involve cosplay staff as a prop or part of the show. All competitors are barred from interacting with the emcee when on stage.
DRESS CODE GUIDELINES:
-No weapons or sharpened objects.
-Any blunt swords, staffs, daggers, etc will need to be checked and inspected before allowed entry.
-No indecent exposure
-No bare feet
-No under or side of breast exposure, you may wear bikini top but entire breast must be covered.
-No thong underwear or bikini bottoms, leotard, boy shorts, or boxer briefs required