Cosplay Contest Rules & Application

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Online Cosplay Contest!

Please be sure to read all of the rules below before filling out the application form. For questions, contact cosplay@siouxpercon.com.

How and When to Enter:

Use our online registration form to enter. All entries must be submitted between August 17 thru September 26th. 

Age Limits

Online Cosplay Contest is for individuals 13 and older.  If you are 13-17 we will need a parent or guardian’s permission to participate in the online cosplay contest. More information is provided on the application form.

Division judging is defined as:

You have created a cosplay and wish to have it judged in a craftsmanship division and will participate in the Online Cosplay Parade. You will be eligible for prizes.

Craftsmanship Judging:

Craftsmanship judging will take place after you have completed the online entry form, and photos and/or video is submitted.

  • Spots are limited to 75 cosplayers, so make sure to fill out your online registration while spots are available.
  • Submissions are limited to a 2-3-minute video for judging of craftsmanship.
  • Reference/progress photos are highly recommended, limited to 10 photos allowed.

Online Cosplay Parade:

You will need to submit a 30 second video or 3 photos of your best 3 poses.

  • Your first name & cosplay name will display on the Online Cosplay Parade.
  • No background music, sound effects or skits allowed.

Online Stage Rules:

SiouxperCon is not responsible if any of the following that are used:

  • Messy substances including confetti, glitter, flower petals, water, etc.
  • Pyrotechnics or special effects such as fireworks, flash paper, smoke machines, candles, sparklers, liquid fuels or other fire hazards are strictly prohibited.
  • Non-firing toy weapons will be allowed, but any live weapons will result in immediate disqualification.
  • No food, animals, adult- themed props or remote-control devices are allowed.

SiouxperCon staff, sponsors, and immediate family of sponsors may not enter the contest.

Prize Divisions for cosplay contest:

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Masters
  • Best in Show

Winner of Best in Show will be invited to a 1-hour live online panel discussion on Sunday October 4th 12pm-1pm CT. Winner can talk about how they crafted their cosplay, shout-outs, special thanks, etc.

Divisions

Novice:

  • This division is intended for costumers with little to no prior experience in making costumes, and no formal training in costume or fashion.
  • Novice Division entrants must not have won more than one award of any level at previous conventions.
  • 25% of the costume must be made by the contestant. (This is a minimum).

Intermediate:

  • Anyone who has previously won awards in the Novice category or anyone who feels that they have graduated beyond the Novice category.
  • 50% of the costume must be made by the contestant (This is a minimum).

Masters:

  • The Masters division is intended for people that feel that they meet above expectations 
  • Anyone may choose to enter this division.
  • Professional costumers must enter this division.
  • Anyone who has previously won awards in Master or Intermediate.
  • 75% of the costume must be made by a contestant (This is a minimum).

There will be no group or closet cosplay divisions.

 

In all cases, if the Cosplay Head or a judge feels that you should be placed in a higher division based off the craftsmanship and presentation of your costume, your entry may be changed to that higher division. 

 

No fully purchased costumes will be considered for craftsmanship judging.

 

If ANY part of the cosplay, including but not limited to clothing, props, weapons, electrical props, wigs etc. is made by someone else, then proper credit must be given.  The costume must be made by the entrant or credited to the appropriate creator on your video. 

 

Entrants wishing to compete with costumes that have previously won a costume competition must declare this on entry video. Entrants may not compete in a costume that has won a major award at another convention.

 

IF ANY PARTICIPANT IS FOUND TO HAVE FALSIFIED OR LIED ABOUT THEIR COSPLAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE COMPETITION IN ANY WAY, THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED, NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES OR HAVE THEIR PRIZE REVOKED AND GIVEN TO THE NEXT ELIGIBLE WINNER, AND BANNED FROM NEXT YEAR’S COMPETITION.

 

NO EXCEPTIONS!

RULES FOR COSPLAY ONLINE CON

Costume Coverage

All costumes must provide as much body coverage as a bikini. Underwear and/or supportive garments must be worn underneath revealing or skin-tight costumes. If your costume does not meet these criteria you may be disqualified. Body paint is not a costume. Also, no nudity or adult- themed props are permitted. Laws of public decency apply. SiouxperCon staff reserves the right to make final judgment calls on what is “decent”. If staff feels that your costume is indecent or inappropriate in any way, you will be asked to change your submission.

Prohibited Materials

  • Candles, fireworks, sparklers, liquid fuels or other fire hazards are strictly prohibited.
  • Clothing or signs that display messages deemed to be inappropriate or offensive to others (including, but not limited to, explicit language, homophobic, sexually suggestive or racially offensive material) will not be permitted. Staff reserves the right to ask attendees to change your submission. Failure to comply will result in your elimination. SiouxperCon is an all-inclusive event and encourages diversity and respect.

Props/ Weapons Policy

  • No live steel (edged metal weapons) will be permitted. Bladed replica weapons must be made of a non-metal, non- sharp material, no longer than 72 inches in length.
  • Please do not use props that too closely resemble drugs or alcohol.

SiouxperCon is a nonprofit educational event dedicated to promoting literacy and valuable life skills in an inclusive and friendly environment.  The vision of SiouxperCon is to engage individuals, cultivating their interest in comics and various popular art forms through workshops, panels, seminars, exhibitions and hosting conventions. Our board and staff are 100% volunteer driven.