Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
New this year at Awesome Con are daily costume contests on our Backlot Stage! The Backlot is home to everything cosplay, and our Backlot Costume Contests presented by ANA are the centerpieces of the Backlot’s events! More casual than Awesome Con’s Main Stage Contest, our Backlot events do not require online registration. Simply, sign-up each morning of the con.
Costumes spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, anime, manga, musicals, books, and games, are all eligible for entry – as well as original characters inspired by these themes. Please note costumes must comply with Awesome Con’s Cosplay and Weapons Policies.
All contestants will be judged based on their stage presence. All contestants will go on stage individually (or together if part of a group), exhibit two to three poses as our emcee reads the entrant’s costume information, and then exit. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed.
There is no craftsmanship judging as part of our Backlot Contests, nor are there distinct Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions. Instead, our Backlot events are designed to give newer cosplayers a chance to show their skills onstage without the rigors associated with our Main Stage event.
Contestants must be 13 years of age or older to compete. Contestants under 13 may enter the children’s costuming event as part of Awesome Con Jr.
First, Second, and Third Place will be awarded based on audience applause; Judges’ Awards will also be presented.
Any costume is eligible to compete in our Backlot Contests, not necessarily having to be made by hand, and you may enter both the Main Stage Costume Contest and any and all of our Backlot Contests, but you must wear a different costume for each.
All Costume Contest Competitors must be Awesome Con attendees, and badges will be checked before competing.