The All contestants wishing to enter the contest must be prejudged. After prejudging the contestants will be brought into the Main Events Room to show off their work to an audience on our stage. After the “Catwalk”, our judges will reveal the winner of the contest.
We ask all contestants to bring the following to prejudging: Information on your character, a color photo of your character for reference, ability to explain the ways each part of your cosplay was crafted. The judges may require detailed descriptions of how you built your costume as a part of prejudging.
We will have the following categories:
Novice: This competition is for 12 and only. 50% of your costume must be hand made.
Beginner: If this is one of your first competitions, it may be advisable to enter this category to “Cut your teeth” on competing. 50% of your costume must be hand made.
Advanced: You have entered and won competitions before and are ready to bring you’re A- Game. 75% of your costume must be hand made.
Master: Every category will be placed into this, and the judges will choose 1 contestant out of each contestant entered to walk away with this coveted prize. Contest rules for the skill based contest Contestants can only enter in one category, Individual or Group. 75% of your costume must be hand made.
Judges Choice: The judges will pick the overall costume that they liked the best. Anyone can win this category.
- Due to the unpredictable size of groups, a prize for each member cannot be guaranteed.
- No skits during judging or catwalk.
- No nudity.
- No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
- No political or religious statement during the catwalk. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
- Do not use any sort of projectile at all! Nothing must leave your person while you are on the catwalk. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.
- No flash-pots, explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.
- All prop weapons must conform to the Causeacon Weapons Policy. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow peace-bonded weapons.
All applications must be submitted at the time of pre-judging, To be judged for accuracy, a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo on paper, can be turned in with your application. Electronic media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video device (i.e. iPods) to pre-judging. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character. All judging will be done before the showing, off-stage. Costumes must be self-contained. Do not enter or exit the catwalk except at the designated points. Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition. Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help. Causeacon will not be able to provide assistants.
Online Registration for the Cosplay Contest is now closed. You can still sign up at Causeacon at the Registration Table.