The ALL-CON Thirteenth Annual Cosplay Contest Presented by CosPod


Updated: 1/14/19


Guess who's back again? It's CosPod's 5th year at ALL-CON and we have merged with the convention's costume contest to bring you the Cosplay Contest! Taking place Saturday, March 16th at 5PM.

On-site sign-ups will be at the convention computer station outside of the Oak Ballroom from Thursday, March 14 until Saturday, March 16 at 1PM. We have a limit of 50 contestants! Sign up early so you don't miss out. Any questions? Please contact podcast@cospod.org



Categories:


Open/Exhibition: Didn't make your costume but want to show off your cosplay? No problem! We have a category just for you. Store bought, thrift-store, and slightly modified costumes are all welcomed.

Beginner: For first time cosplayers or for first time entries! Cosplayers in this category have not won any major awards at any convention and need to have made or altered at least 50% of their costume.

Intermediate: If you've been cosplaying for 1-3 years, have some contest experience or have won at least 1 major award at any convention, this is your category. Entries must have made or altered at least 50% of their costume.

Advanced: For cosplayers with more than 3 years of experience or have won at least 3 major awards from any convention. Entries must have made or altered at least 70% of their costume.


Note: If you are modeling the costume but did not make it, the individual/group who made your costume(s) must be available for pre-judging.



Rules:


01. All entries must have an ALL-CON badge in order to participate (single/weekend passes).

02. No costume is not a costume.

03. All cosplays must be PG-13 and conform to the convention guidelines.

04. All categories are required to go through pre-judging before the contest.

05. At least 50%-70% of your costume must be constructed by you and/or the crafter, unless you are entering the Open/Exhibition Category.

06. If you are entering the Exhibition Category, your costume will be eligible for a Judge's Award, Audience Favorite, or Exhibition Category Award. Your costume will not be eligible for other Awards.

07. If your costume has won a major award at any convention it may compete. However, your costume will not be eligible for Category Awards or Best in Show. It will be eligible for Audience Favorite or a Judge's Award.

08. This contest is for Walk-On's only. We do not have a skit division.

09. Each walk-on will have 30 seconds on stage. Use the time to pose, act, or dance your butt off! Take the time to act out as your character.

10. Microphones will not be available for contestants. Please do not shout or yell while on the stage. This includes No swearing, vulgar gestures, lewd acts, or political and/or social statements.

11. Anything that you bring onto the stage must also go off the stage with you. No confetti. No throwing objects or any projectiles.

12. For safety, any ''battle'' sequences or stunts need to be performed at 3/4 or 1/2 speed, and 1/2 strength, with one foot remaining on the stage at all times.

13. Only groups of 4 are allowed on the stage at a time.

14. Contestants must arrive in full costume at 3PM for line-up and pre-judging. Late contestants may be disqualified.

15. All contestants should bring in a photocopy print-out reference of their character.

16. The ALL-CON Cosplay Contest is as much about fun as it is about good sportsmanship. Every contestant is expected to be on their best behavior. Failure to have sportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification. Please be polite and respectful to the cosplay staff, crew, judges, the audience, and most important of all - your fellow competitors.


Awards:


There will be a Judge's Award from each Judge (at the sole discretion of the judging team). One winner for each category. One winner for Audience Favorite (based on crowd reaction). One winner for Best Craftsmanship. One Grand Prize winner for Best In Show. Additional awards may be provided based on the number of entries. All decisions are final.



Judges:
Masamune WG Cosplay, Sewberus, and Viverra Cosplay.


Sponsors:
To be announced...


Audience Favorite and Judge's Award:
Certificate of Achievement in Cosplay!


Category Winners:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Open. Customized trophy! Additional awards to be announced...


Best Craftsmanship:
Customized trophy! Additional awards to be announced...


Best in Show:
Customized trophy! Additional awards to be announced...