(Full contest rules and prizes listed below.)
Each contestant(s) must have a badge to this year’s convention
Each contestant(s) must adhere to costume and prop policies
Each contestant(s) must be 13 years of age or older to enter (a separate contest for kids 12 and under takes place Sunday)
All costumes MUST be AT LEAST 50% handmade OR altered. Commissioned costumes will be allowed if the creator is present. All other store bought or commissioned costumes may only enter the walk on portion. (NOTE: our judges will decide if costumes are at least 50% handmade or altered)
Cap for this year’s event in the main contest will be 65 entrants
30 spots in this year’s contest will be open for pre-registration. You MUST fill out the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
35 spots will be open for registration at the show at the costume contest booth. These are first come, first serve spots in the contest.
Cap for the walk-on portion is 50 entrants and anyone may enter the walk-on that is 13 years of age and older.
Registration for the walk-on takes place at the convention (no pre-registration)
Costumes MUST be able to enter the stage area. Any costumes unable to enter the stage area that may cause harm to the contestant or other contestants and attendees will not be allowed on stage.
Divisions are as follows for entrants:
MASTERS DIVISION – entrants in this division have won best in show or won multiple awards in past contests at conventions.
JOURNEYMAN DIVISION – entrants in this division have entered contests in the past, haven’t won best in show OR been cosplaying for over a year.
NOVICE DIVISION – entrants in this division have never entered a costume contest before and haven’t been making cosplays for a year or more.
YOUTH DIVISION – entrants in this are between the ages of 13 and 17 years old (NOTE: entrants in the Youth Division who have won awards in the past will be entered in Journeyman or Masters Division).
NOTE: Those entering as a duo or group must enter under the division of the highest skilled cosplayer in the duo/group
WALK-ON (NOTE: You do not pre-register for walk-on) – those who were unable to enter the event but want to showcase their costume. Cap for the Walk-On portion is 75 entrants.
NOTE: Those wanting to partake in the walk-on portion register at the contest booth. Walk-on participants will also only be eligible for prizes in the walk-on category.
NOTE: Contestants may be moved to different divisions based on experience.
Contestants will be judged on a point scale by the judges on three criteria:
Craftsmanship – how the entrant made their costume, use of materials and creativity
Likeness/Detail – how close the contestant resembles the character they are cosplaying/detail on costume
Presentation – stage presence!
Judges will ask any questions in regards to costume creations while contestant is on stage. They will be looking over the costumes one by one as well prior to the contest.
Contestants are asked to arrive at the designated area ONE (1) hour before the contest begins. Failure to arrive on time can result in disqualification from the contest! Only contestants will be allowed into the event at this time. Anyone additional must be given the OK by contest organizer.
At this time, the organizer will introduce emcee, judges, line contestants up by division and give additional instruction for the on-stage portion of the contest.
Contestants will be introduced on stage by the emcee, who will announce their name, character and where the character is from. In addition, the emcee with question the entrants about their costume.
Profanity or statements regarding religious, political or any activities that are deemed unsafe will result in disqualification.
Contestants will have a maximum of ONE (1) minute on the stage.
NOTE: You do not provide music or CDs for this.
Surprise the audience and judges but don’t surprise the contest organizer!
Once the last contestant has exited the stage, the judges will deliberate and the walk-on portion will begin during this time.
Entrants in the walk-on portion will have a maximum of 10 seconds on stage.
Each entrant will pose in the marked spot on stage then exit opposite where they entered on.
Winners in this category will be based on applause and costume likeness, so entertain the audience!
Once the walk-on portion has finished, winners will be announced.
Best in Show: $500
Best Masters: $100
Best Journeyman: $100
Best Novice: $100
Best Youth: $100
Best Walk-On: $200
Judges Award: Weekend Badge to Granitecon 2019
Organizer Award: Weekend Badge to Granitecon 2019