Cosplay Contest




This year's cosplay contest: Join us on the main stage as we showcase YOUR costumes! All genres are welcome, including film, television, theater, comics, video games, sci-fi, anime, horror and original creations! The stakes are high this year, with prizes in with two main categories: Epic Group and Epic Individual! First place winners for each category will win a $2,500 cash prize! Second and third places in each category will win special runner-up prizes. In addition to our new categories we will have an Epic Crowd Favorite. This year we take it a step further with providing a much more in depth look at our contest entries with theme music and time to really portray each character with a brief performance! The show is free to attend by all convention goers.

Where and when: November 2nd, Main stage 6:00pm (tentatively). Check-in and pre-judging will begin promptly at 4:00pm in a designated area behind the stage. Check back for more times on pre-judging hours. 

How to register: There is a maximum limit in each category, so be sure to sign up soon and secure your spot. Keep in mind that registration is on a first come-first served basis only. Be sure to read all the rules carefully and thoroughly below. You must download and complete your entry form and send it to You must also attach one photo of your costume along with your entry form: this may be a sketch, photograph, screen cap, picture from a comic book, etc. Whatever the image is, make sure its the best possible representation of what your final costume will be. If you are in a group, each member of your group must fill out an entry form. All entry forms and images for that group must be sent in one email from any member of the group. You must submit your entry form by October 1st 2013! There will be no sign ups after October 1st at 12:00am PST. Bear in mind that there will be a waiting list in case of any cancellations between October 1st and October 31st. If we encounter any cancellations or no-shows the weekend of the event, we may be able to add "walk ups" to the show, but remember that it is not guaranteed!

Judges and hosts: While we will not announce the judges at this time, know that the judges are selected from fine women and men in the cosplay and costuming communities who excel at craftsmanship and design and with extensive backgrounds in costuming. Our hosts will be spotlighted and well-known cosplay personalities from on-screen media to published work in the community who are not only engaging but also entertaining.

For the official Cosplay Contest rules and additional information, please click here.