The ALL-CON Cosplay Contest Presented by CosPod

Updated: 6/14/18

It's Back! The ALL-CON Cosplay Contest hosted by CosPod. This round, we're switching it up and trading places with the Costume Contest. Join us on Saturday, March 17th for fun, entertainment, and cosplay! Contest starts at 5pm. Entries must arrive by 3pm for pre-juding!

On-site sign-ups will be made available at the convention starting Thursday, March 14 at the computer station, though 1pm Saturday March 16. You all know the drill, but if you aren't sure where it's located, ask a volunteer.

Remember to select the Saturday Cosplay Contest! Entries to the Friday Costume Contest will not be counted towards the Saturday event. If you want to enter the same costume on Friday and Saturday, you may do so.

We have a limit of 60 contestants! Sign up early so you don't miss out.

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Beginner: For first time cosplayers or for first time entries! Cosplayers in this category can not have won any major awards at any convention and need to have made or altered at least 50% of their costume.

Intermediate: If you've been cosplaying for 1-3 years, have some contest experience or have won at least 1 major award at any convention, this is your category. Entries must have made or altered at least 50% of their costume.

Advanced: The Advanced class is for cosplayers with more than 3 years of experience or have won at least 3 major awards from any convention. Entries must have made or altered at least 70% of their costume.

Open/Exhibition: Didn't make your costume but still want to show off your cosplay? No problem! We have a category just for you where you can strut across the runway. Store bought, thrift-store, and slightly modified costumes are all welcomed.

Note: If you are modeling the costume but did not make it, the individual/group who made your costume(s) must be available for pre-judging.


01. All entries must have an ALL-CON badge in order to participate (single/weekend passes).

02. No costume is not a costume.

03. All content must be PG-13 and conform to the convention's standards regarding costumes and props.

04. All categories are required to go through pre-judging before the contest.

05. At least 50%-70% of your costume must be constructed by you and/or the crafter, unless you are entering the Open/Exhibition Category. Costume creator must be available for pre-judging.

06. If you are entering the Exhibition Category, your costume will be eligible for a Judge's Award, Audience Favorite, or Exhibition Category Award. Your costume will not be eligible for other Category Awards or Best in Show.

07. If your costume has won a major award at any convention (Craftsmanship, Best in Class/Category, Best in Show) it may compete. However, your costume will not be eligible for Category Awards or Best in Show. It will be eligible for Audience Favorite or a Judge's Award.

08. This contest is for Walk-On's only. We do not have a skit division.

09. Each walk-on will have 30 seconds on stage. Use the time to pose, act, or dance your butt off! Take the time to act out as your character.

10. Microphones will not be available for contestants. Please do not shout or yell while on the stage. This includes No swearing, vulgar gestures, lewd acts, or political and/or social statements.

11. Anything that you bring onto the stage must also go off the stage with you. That means No confetti. No throwing objects or any projectiles.

12. For safety, any ''battle'' sequences or stunts need to be performed at or speed, and strength, with one foot remaining on the stage at all times.

13. Only 4 people are allowed on the stage at a time. Larger groups will need to split up their entries to accommodate the stage space.

14. Contestants must arrive in full costume 2 hours prior to the contest for line-up and pre-judging. Late contestants may be disqualified. You will have up to 2 minutes to talk to the judges about your costume. There will be a hard stop at 2 minutes.

15. All contestants must bring in a photocopy print-out reference of their character. This includes original designs.

16. The ALL-CON Cosplay Contest is as much about fun as it is about good sportsmanship. Every contestant is expected to have a positive attitude and be on their best behavior. Failure to have sportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification. Please be polite and respectful to the cosplay staff, crew, judges, the audience, and most important of all - your fellow competitors.


There will be a Judge's Award from each Judge (at the sole discretion of the judging team). One winner for each category. One winner for Audience Favorite (based on best reaction by crowd). One Grand Prize winner for Best In Show. Additional awards may be provided based on the number of entries. All decisions are final.

Judges: To be announced...

Sponsors: To be announced...

Audience Favorite: To be announced...

Judge's Award: To be announced...

Category Winners:
Advanced To be announced...
Intermediate To be announced...
Beginner To be announced...
Open/ExhibitionTo be announced...

Best in Show: To be announced...