COSTUME CONTEST 2019-04-23T10:53:28+00:00


Awesome Con loves cosplay! Whether you’re a bathrobe Jedi or spent months crafting the perfect Princess Serenity gown, we want to shine a spotlight on you in our Costume Contest – Saturday, April 27 on our Main Stage! Our contest is open to costuming pros and novices alike, with full details on participation and prizing below!


Saturday ONLY

General Info

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.

The contest will take place in the evening of Saturday, April 27th.

All contestants will be judged on their quality of costume and 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 description, and then exit. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed. ALL COSTUME CONTEST ENTRANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER. THERE IS NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 2.

The competition is split into three categories:

  • Beginner (anyone who has never won a major costume contest award)
  • Intermediate (anyone who has won between one and three major awards)
  • Advanced (anyone who has won four or more major awards)

You are welcome to compete at a higher level should you wish to do so. Professional costumers may only compete at the Advanced level. If entering as a group, your category is determined by the most experienced member of your group. (Example: You have three people in your group, and two are in the Beginner category and one is in the Intermediate category. You will compete at the Intermediate level.)

Contestants must be 11 years of age or older to compete. Contestants under 11 may enter our costume parade in Awesome Con Jr. (More information available soon.)

Any costume is eligible to compete on stage, but only costumes created by hand are eligible for Craftsmanship awards – with Craftsmanship judging taking place prior to walking on stage. If you are invited to take part in Craftsmanship judging, you will be given a time to check in earlier on April 27, during which time our judges will meet with you to review your costume.

All contestants must arrive at our Main Stage at least one hour before our contest begins.

All Costume Contest Competitors must be Awesome Con attendees, and badges will be checked before competing.

Here are some other things to keep in mind!

  1. Don’t jump off the stage. And the audience is not allowed to run up to the stage.
  2. Don’t toss anything into the audience. Don’t throw anything from the stage.
  3. There will be children in the audience. Keep your costume rating to that of a PG-13 film.
  4. You must be able to walk on/off stage and maneuver freely in your costume without assistance.


In addition to awesome swag, we’re excited to award $2,000 in cash prizes across our Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced categories as well as Best in Show!

Main Stage Costume Contest Sign Up

Registration for the 2019 Awesome Con Costume Contest is now closed!

Please note:  There is no Costume Contest registration onsite.

If you have submitted an application, all applicants will hear back from us by April 8.  If you’re selected to take part, you’ll be emailed check-in information and additional contest details.

Have any questions? Please reach out to



  • Hero Hair
  • Trove Costume Rentals
  • 3D Portraits
  • The Kennedy Center


Saturday and Sunday

As part of Awesome Con Jr., Awesome Con is excited to bring back the Kids Costume Parade! The parade will take place at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, and 12:00 PM Sunday, April 28 at the Awesome Con Jr. Stage.

All kids 10 or under and their parents are encouraged to participate. Any costume is eligible as long as it complies with Awesome Con’s Cosplay and Weapons Policies.

All participants will go on stage individually (or together if part of a group), exhibit two to three poses and then exit. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed. Parents may walk with their children if their children do not wish to go alone.

There is no judging as part of our Kids Costume Parade. All participants 10 and under receive a prize and are entered into a drawing to win even more prizes!

All parade participants must be Awesome Con attendees, and badges will be checked before the parade begins. To take part in the Kids Costume Parade, you must sign-up in-person at the Backlot stage 30 minutes before the parade. The first 30 kids (and their parents) who apply will be accepted to take part.

Got it? Great! We can’t wait to see you at the parade!