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On-Site Registration

Do you have beautiful handmade cosplay you’d like to compete in, but missed the registration deadline for the cosplay contest? Never fear, on-site cosplay competition registration is here. We will be accepting 10 additional entries to our cosplay contest between 10am-12pm on Saturday, June 3rd at the desk in front of the cosplay prejudging room: 203A. Interested? Here are some things you need to know:

  • You must have made 75% of your cosplay yourself
  • Entry is not guaranteed, the cosplay team will assess your cosplay and let you know on the spot if you will compete. We’ll base our decision on the quality of your work vs. the pre-registered competitors in your category.
  • We are accepting all experience levels whether you’re Youth, Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
  • Entry is also first-come, first-served. This means once we fill up all 10 slots, we aren’t able to accommodate more. If there are dropouts from pre-registered cosplayers, we will make those spots available to on-site cosplayers to the best of our ability.
  • You will need to attend prejudging with our judge panel, which will be in 5 minute increments from 1:30p-2:20p. We’ll assign you a time if you are entered.
  • Check out the rules here for additional info.

Cosplay Parade

If competing just isn’t for you or you have a cosplay made by someone else, but you still want to show off how amazing you look to our audience, join us at the Cosplay Competition on Saturday, June 3rd for your moment on the stage.

  • Paraders will line up backstage at 6:30pm on Saturday June 3rd. The contest begins promptly at 7pm.
  • We’ll accept the first 30 people in line to strut their stuff.
  • Sign-up for the parade here so we know you’re coming.
  • You can make 0% of your cosplay and still participate


Ready to grace the Main Stage in a gorgeous handcrafted cosplay and show us what you’ve got? Incredible handmade costumes spanning the worlds of comics, movies, TV, web series, anime, books, and video games – as well as original characters inspired by these themes – will be center stage during Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition! This incredible 2-hour performance on Saturday night of Awesome Con highlights creativity, craftsmanship, charisma, and of course, cosplay.

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When and Where

Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition is happening Saturday, June 4, 2022 on the Main Stage!


How does Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition work?

All contestants will be judged on the quality of their costume as well as their stage presence – so submit your most amazing handmade cosplay, and be prepared to ham it up on stage! Each contestant will go on stage individually (or together if part of a group), and strike two or three awesome poses, as our emcee reads the entrant’s cosplay description, and then the contestant will exit. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed during your performance so make sure to say it all with your body language! ALL COSTUME COMPETITION ENTRANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER VIA THE BELOW APPLICATION. THERE IS NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. For more info, please email

So what are the categories?

The competition is split into four categories, and you will only be competing in one of these categories:

    1. Youth – Ages 11 – 15
    2. Beginner – Anyone who has never won a major costume contest award
    3. Intermediate – Anyone who has won between one to three major awards
    4. Advanced – Anyone who has won four or more major awards

Final category placement will be at the discretion of the judges and competition organizers.

What are the rules and requirements of Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition?

  • Contestants must be 11 years of age or older to compete. Contestants under 11 may enter our costume parade in Awesome Con Jr.
  • Our Cosplay Competition requires handmade, original costumes. Sorry, but store bought costumes cannot be entered into the competition! The costume must be of original construction or show significant modification to the original materials. At least 75% of your costume must not have been purchased.
  • All Cosplay Competition competitors must be Awesome Con attendees, and badges will be checked before competing. Approved competitors will receive a comp 3-day badge to Awesome Con or have an already purchased badge refunded in full.
  • If your cosplay has previously won in competition at Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition or a major award in another cosplay or costume contest, it cannot be re-entered. Please email us at if you are unsure about entering your cosplay.
  • By entering Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition, you agree to allow us to reuse photos you provide for marketing purposes and promotion as well as future events and will be asked to sign a release form if your application is accepted.

Here are some other important things to keep in mind when applying and creating your cosplay!

  • You can apply as many times as you would like with as many costumes as you would like, but please note that only one costume can be accepted into the competition per person.
  • In the application, you will be asked for a 100-word cosplay description to be read aloud. This may describe the details of the cosplay or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything that might impress the judges and fans. We reserve the right to edit introduction material for time and content.
  • In the application, you will be asked to provide photos of your cosplay. In-progress images are okay, but please remember that the quality of this image is a part of how we judge your application! A good quality image can absolutely help your application to be approved. You must also submit a reference color photo of the character you are portraying if you wish for accuracy to be taken into account during your judging if the judges are not familiar with the character.
  • You are responsible for all expenses incurred in order to compete in Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition.
  • Please note cosplays must comply with Awesome Con’s Cosplay and Costume Weapons Policies.
  • Please note cosplays and performers must comply with Awesome Con’s Anti Harassment Policy. This means no profanity, hate speech, religious, political, or otherwise inflammatory messages are allowed.

And here’s some things you’ll need to know for the actual performance itself!

  • All contestants must be available for pre-judging Saturday afternoon before the show. The time and location will be disclosed to you upon your application’s acceptance. The entire pre-judging process takes about 2-4 hours for all contestants but you will only be needed for a portion of that time – maybe 15-20 minutes.
  • All contestants must participate in a rehearsal Saturday before the show. In general, plan to arrive where the competition is being held at least one hour before our competition begins.
  • No specific character music, videos, or skits will be allowed during your performance or pre-judging.
  • You must be able to enter and exit the stage and maneuver freely in your costume without assistance unless medically necessary. We will also ask you about any accommodations you may need to compete successfully in the application process.

how to enter

The deadline to apply to be in Awesome Con’s Cosplay Competition is Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Thursday, April 28, 2022. After the deadline new applications will not be accepted, even if the form is still live.

Applications are now closed.