Cosplay Contest

Signing Up 

  • Anyone wanting to enter the Costume Contest (CC) will need to be a registered attendee of the convention on the day of the contest. Your badge will be checked.
  • There will be a manned sign-up table starting Friday evening, usually on the second floor by the escalators. If it is not there, ask a staff member.
  • Sign-ups are REQUIRED in order to compete.
  • You will be given a choice of judging times when you sign up. Show up early to get the best selection.
  • The sign-up table will be staffed until 1 hour before the contest for any questions.
  • When you sign up you will be given instructions on when and where to go for judging and the contest. Showing up late to judging or the contest will result in disqualification.
  • NEW FOR 2017 – We will have not one, not two, but THREE contests this year! Saturday night will be a traditional contest and skits. We will also be showing off our new Props competition. Then on Sunday we will be having the Western and Original Design Costume Contest. Please read the rules so you are prepared! The best part is that you can enter all three if you like!

Saturday Night Contest Rules

  1. Registration to Nashicon is required.
  2. All costumes in competition for craftsmanship must be from a form of Japanese media intended for the Japanese market. Anime, manga, video games, and idols are accepted. Any others must be approved by contest staff.
  3. References are REQUIRED. Please print them and bring them to judging if possible. Not having references will result in a points deduction.
  4. All costumes must be made by the person entering the contest OR with the maker and a model. Any costume that is not at least 80% made by the contestant is not eligible to enter.
  5. No adult themed or otherwise inappropriate costumes are permitted.
  6. Any costume that has won any award at Nashicon previously, or has won an award at any convention larger than Nashicon is not eligible to enter any craftsmanship contest UNLESS significant changes have been made. Please contact the Contest Staff if you have questions.
  7. All contestants are allowed to bring one person with them to judging. Minors are allowed to bring two adults with them. Guests must remain quiet and stand off to the side while judging is going on.
  8. The contest will cap at 30 entries. Groups count as one entry. Sign-up is required. No ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed.

Props Contest Rules

  1. Registration to Nashicon is required.
  2. Props can come from any source, such as video games, movies, and comics, as well as from any region (Japanese, Western, etc).
  3. Props MUST be based on official artwork. No original creations are permitted.
  4. References are REQUIRED. Please print them and bring them to judging if possible. Not having references will result in a points deduction.
  5. All props must be peace-bonded (non-working). Any props that are considered dangerous will not be allowed to compete.
  6. One prop source per contestant. Multiple props from several sources is not allowed. (ex: a variety of props for a Green Arrow costume is ok, three props from three different video games is not.)
  7. Prop entries will be shown at the beginning of the Saturday Costume Contest. Contestants who are also entered in the costume craftsmanship can either display their prop themselves or have a friend do it for them.

Sunday Western and Original Costume Contest

  1. Registration to Nashicon is required.
  2. The contest will cap at 20 entries. Groups count as one entry. Sign-up is required. No ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed.
  3. Costumes can be from any media and any region. Original designs, gender-swaps, and ‘reimagined’ costumes are allowed.
  4. References are not required but are highly recommended.
  5. All costumes must be made by the person entering the contest OR with the maker and a model. Any costume that is not at least 80% made by the contestant is not eligible to enter.
  6. No adult themed or otherwise inappropriate costumes are permitted.
  7. Any costume that has won any award at Nashicon previously, or has won an award at any convention larger than Nashicon is not eligible to enter any craftsmanship contest UNLESS significant changes have been made. Please contact the Contest Staff if you have questions.
  8. All contestants are allowed to bring one person with them to judging. Minors are allowed to bring two adults with them. Guests must remain quiet and stand off to the side while judging is going on.
  9. Unlike the Saturday contest, Sunday will have judging one hour before the contest. Contestants will be given a few moments with the judges. Please be clear and concise with your presentation and be ready to answer questions quickly.

Saturday Skit and On-Stage Rules

  1. All skits must be registered at the Contest Table. There are 8 slots available.
  2. Skits have a time limit of three minutes for groups of 1-5. Skits with more than 6 people will have five minutes.
  3. If you have audio or need a microphone please let the Contest Table attendant know. All audio must be given to the Contest Table attendant on a labeled flash drive or CD. The audio should be the correct length and start/stop where you want it. The contest does not have a ‘tech guy’ to queue up audio.
  4. Skits cannot have foul language, adult content, or be otherwise inappropriate for an all-ages event.
  5. Contestants for both the skits and costume contests are required to maintain a safe stage area. The use of water, glitter, smoke, firearms (real or Nerf style), or anything else that may cause harm to others or property is NOT allowed.
  6. The Contest Staff reserves the right to stop and remove any contestant at any time for any reason.

The Contest Staff reserves the right to update and/or modify these rules at any time.