ALL-CON Cosplay Contest 2024 - The Rules!

It's back! The annual Cosplay Contest will return at ALL-CON on Saturday!

On-site sign-ups TBA


• Open/Exhibition: Didn't make your costume but want to join the show? This category is for you! Store bought, thrift-store, and slightly modified costumes are all welcomed.
• Beginner: For first time cosplayers or entries! Need to have made or altered at least 50% of their costume & won no major awards from any convention.
• 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. 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.

Notes: 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. Pre-juding time TBA.


1) All entries must have an ALL-CON badge in order to participate.
2) No costume is not a costume.
3) All cosplays must be PG-13 and conform to the convention guidelines.
4) All categories are required to go through pre-judging before the contest.
5) At least 50%-70% of your costume must be constructed by you and/or the crafter, unless you are entering the Open/Exhibition Category.
6) If you are entering the Exhibition Category, your costume will be eligible for a Judge's Award or Exhibition Category Award. Your costume will not be eligible for other Awards.
7) If your costume has won a major award at any convention it may compete. It will only be eligible for a Judge's Award.
8) This contest is for Walk-On's only. We do not have a skit division.
9) 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. 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 or glitter. 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 stage at a time.
14) Masks are highly encouraged! You will not be penalized for wearing a mask - please keep yourself safe and healthy!
15) 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.


There will be a Judge's Award from each Judge (at the discretion of the judging team). One winner for each category. One Grand Prize winner for Best In Show. All decisions are final. Prizes are subject to change before the event.

Judges: (Additional judges to be announced at a later date)

Prizes: TBA



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