COSTUME CONTEST RULES & NOTES
-All participants and assistants must have a Granitecon badge or wristband
-Each contestant must be thirteen (13) years or older to enter the main contest (a separate contest for children twelve (12) and under takes place Sunday)
-Cap for this year’s contest will be fifty (50) entrants.
-Costumes must be of original construction, or show significant modification of pre-existing materials. This is a show of creativity and craftsmanship. It is expected that some costumes may include, as minor elements, of some purchased items.
-Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain “found” pieces, “modified” or altered from its original design or purpose; although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest. If your entry utilizes many of these, check with the Comic Con Coordinator for approval.
-As a rule, at least fifty percent (50%) of what you bring onto the stage must not have been purchased. Costume(s) should be fifty percent (50%) “hand-made”.
-All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered, or modified.
Note: Costumes do not have to be worn by the creator of the costume. Costume creators may have a “model” for their costume but the costume creator MUST be present at the pre-judging (in the case of craftsmanship entries) portion as well as the entire costume contest. Creators must be prepared to explain the creative process behind their costume. The wearer must not be a paid individual in any form including and not limited to paid money, bribes, a hired model, etc.
Entries may be by individuals or groups, and may be of an existing character from any television show, film, comic, or literary property, or a custom creation by the entrant.
-No liquids, messy substances, or anything that may pose a danger is allowed on stage. -Unsheathing of bladed weapons is not allowed without clearance from the Coordinator.
-No throwing things into the audience.
-Due to safety concerns, minors may not perform combat simulations. No profanity will be allowed on stage, that includes messages on signs or clothes. Statements regarding religious, political, or any activities that are deemed unsafe will be considered a violation. No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center.
-Violating these rules will disqualify you, and possibly result in escort off the premises.
No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.
ALL COSTUMES MUST ABIDE BY THE RULES OF THE CONVENTION DRESS CODE AND WEAPONS POLICY. ALL COSTUMES SHOULD PROVIDE ENOUGH COVERAGE THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR A FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW. GORE, GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, OR OTHER OBJECTIONABLE ELEMENTS MAY BE GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION AS DETERMINED BY THE JUDGES. GRANITECON STAFF AND JUDGES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE FOR THE SHOWS’S AUDIENCE.
Groups can enter the contest but will be judged as if the entire group were as one (1) person entering.
Regarding group entries, each entry’s appropriate category will be determined by the participant with the highest number of cosplay/costume awards. For example, an entry consisting of three (3) persons with two (2) participants having won no awards, and the third participant having won three (3) or more major awards will be placed in the “Master” category. Groups may have two (2) or more entrants not to exceed seven (7) entrants.
Pictures and video may be taken during both the Pre-Judging as well as Performance portion of the judging process of the participants.
Please arrive one (1) hour before the show. Failure to arrive on time could result in disqualification from the show. Only contestants will be allowed into the show at this time, anyone else needs to have approval from the coordinator. You will have designated areas for waiting pre-and post-judging during the Performance phase of the contest. Please listen to the directions given by the Organizer and be respectful to your fellow contestants, any disrespect will immediately get you or your group disqualified. If you have any special needs, please let the judges’ panel be aware at the pre-judging portion of the contest or during check-in at the Cosplay Table.
The coordinator will introduce the emcee, judges, as well as line contestants up by division and give additional instruction for the on stage portion of the contest.
Each participant will have sixty (60) seconds of time to perform on stage. This is your time to shine, so make the best of it. “Skits” are allowed but not mandatory. Contestants will not be providing music for this. Contestants will be introduced on stage by an emcee, whom will announce the entrants name, character, and where the character originates from. At this time, the emcee will also question the entrants about their costume.
Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up and down steps. Contestants in larger costumes will be asked to walk in front of the stage.
When each contestant/group checks in, they will be asked to write an “introduction” for their performance. This is not mandatory but highly suggested. Contestants/groups can bring pre-made introductions which will be attached to their entry form.
Division are as follows for entrants:
Masters Division- entrants in this division have won best in show, or have won multiple awards in pasts contests.
Journeyman Division- entrants in this division have entered in past contests, but have not won best in show OR haven’t been cosplaying for a year.
Novice Division- entrants in this division have not entered in a contest before, and have not been cosplaying for a year.
Youth Division- entrants in this are between thirteen (13) and seventeen (17) years old, however they may be moved if the contestant has won an award.
Note: Judges reserve the right to move any contestant into a different category should they feel their skill level exceeds the category for which they initially signed up.
Contestants will be judged on a point scale in three different categories.
Craftsmanship– how the costume was made, use of materials, and creativity
Likeness/detail- how close the entrant resembles the character they are cosplaying as. The detail on the costume used to make that resemblance occur.
Presentation– stage presence and presentation of your Cosplay to the judges!
When surprising the audience and judges please inform the contest coordinator of the idea for approval.
Judges will also be asking contestants questions regarding costume creation while contestant is on stage.
• Best In Show
• Best Masters
• Best Journeyman
• Best Novice
• Best Youth
• Coordinator Favorite
• Judge’s Choice