Costume Contest/Cosplay

How to Enter 

Signups for all contests are Saturday at the Briumbra Photography booth from 10 AM to 2:30 PM.   Look for the ten foot tall green screen and you’ll know you found the right place!

When registering be sure to fill out the form completely, have a photo taken of your cosplay, and get a contestant number.

Your contestant number denotes your place in line up and is tied to Your Name and Cosplay.  Do not lose your number or give it away.

You must be completely registered by 2:30 PM; no submissions will be taken after this time.


Contest Descriptions

*Cosplay Masquerade*

A fun & pressure-free way to show off your cosplay onstage regardless of where it’s from or how it was made!


  • Youth Masquerade
      • Children age 12 and under (Must accompanied by an adult)
      • Awards for top three cosplays!
  • Adult Masquerade
    • May enter as an Individual or Group (You cannot enter both the individual and group contests).
    • Awards for adults
      • Best Individual Costume
      • Best Group
      • Fan Favorite


*Craftsmanship Competition*

Entries are judged on the craftsmanship (design, construction, execution, and general presentation) of a costume.


  • At least 60% of entrant’s costume must be handcrafted by the participant. Purchased or commissioned costumes (or anything considered not original work) do not qualify for the Craftsmanship category.
  • A costume’s creator(s) may have a model wearing the costume for the contest. In these cases, the creator(s) must be present for judging, must be the owner of the costume, and would be credited for any awards (not the model).
  • Costumes that have won any award in any other costume contest are not permitted.
  • The awards for the Craftsmanship Competition
    • 1st place
    • 2nd place
    • 3rd place

General Contest Info:

  • Final call for registration is 2:30 pm at the Briumbra Photography Booth.  No late entries will be accepted.
  • You must have a picture taken in your cosplay (the one you want to walk the stage in) at Briumbra Photography to be considered in the judging.
  • Line up starts 25 minutes before the Cosplay Contest begins.
  • Line up is outside the main stage, look for volunteers with ‘Youth’, ‘Masquerade’, and ‘Craftmanship’ signs.
  • You will be asked to line up in the order of your entry numbers and will be called to stage in that order.  The Contest Host will be calling your name off of a list.
  • You can’t just show up to line up to walk the stage without an entry.
  • You will enter from one side of the stage when your name is called and exit on the opposite side.
  • When your name is called, walk to the middle of the stage in character.
  • When you reach center stage you may do a flourish in character and/or an appropriate (family friendly) catch phrase to show off your character/cosplay.
  • You are not required to do a flourish or catchphrase, but at the very least turn around to show the crowd your cosplay.  This is your time to shine!
  • After you have done your flourish/catchphrase/turn around, exit safely and briskly off the opposite side of the stage.
  • There will be no music played and no extended skits.
  • After you leave the stage feel free to join the crowd to enjoy the rest of the contest!


  1. Shoes are required at all times while in the public areas of the convention center. Even if a cosplay character goes barefoot, the cosplayer must wear shoes.
  2. Costumes and daily wear shall not expose the body in such a way as to be deemed indecent exposure.
  3. All costumes worn within the convention center must fit through a standard doorway. Any attendee wearing a bulky costume, or one with poor visibility, should have a handler available to escort him/her. In addition, please ensure any bulky costume is properly ventilated to prevent heat stroke.
  4. Any metal items used for cosplays are not allowed to have sharp or pointed edges that could potentially cause injury. Real swords, bats, etc. are not allowed. A safer material substitute is an alternate option.
  5. No costume or prop may generate odor, smoke, or fog.
  6. Cosplay props are to be checked in with security at the registration area before they will be allowed in the convention area.
  7. All props must be non-working and peace bonded. Security will peace-bind any props, and attendees will assume responsibility that they have read this policy and agree to follow the rules as outlined in it.
  8. Any violation of a peace-bind will result in an immediate loss of prop privileges.
  9. No functioning projectile props.
  10. If security deems a prop dangerous or harmful it will not be allowed. This will be decided on a case by case basis.
  11. Attendees will not brandish, point, flail, play-fight, run with, or use their prop in any kind of threatening manner.
  12. Inappropriate conduct with any camera (video or photo) will be grounds for removal of convention privileges, up to and including revocation without a refund.
  13. If you want to take a photo of a cosplayer, it’s proper form to ask first. Most will be happy to oblige and pose fiercely.
  14. These rules may be modified as needed to help protect the safety of all attendees.
  15. Most importantly…
  16. Have fun.
  17. Don’t be a jerk.

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