Section I: Contest Rules

  1.  Eligibility:
    • You must have a valid Okashicon badge in order to participate.
    • Entrants 13 and under must have their parents’ permission to enter, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian or adult relative at the show.
    • By entering this contest you agree to read and abide by all rules as posted and that failure to do so will result in your disqualification from the contest.
    • Cosplay Staff reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone to the Cosplay event for any reason.
  2. Contest Guidelines:
    • Cosplay is a PG-13 event. Offensive language and sexual humor is not allowed.
    • All costumes and props must comply with Okashicon’s dress code and weapons policy.
    • Entrants must exhibit good sportsmanship and remain professional at all times. Rude behavior and offensive remarks or insults toward staff, judges, or other entrants will result in disqualification and removal from the contest.
    • Costumes entered must be presented with reference images. Characters from anime, manga, animation, books, movies, tv, etc. are allowed. Original characters will not be permitted; however, art book variations and reinterpretations of existing characters will be allowed with an accompanying reference.
    • Entrants wishing to compete with costumes that have previously won an award must declare this upon registration or be disqualified. Entrants may not compete in a costume that has won a major award (Best in Show, Best in Division, etc.) at another convention.
  3. Entering:
    • Signups for the Okashicon Cosplay Contest will begin on March 30 . All entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for online entries is July 1 .
    • On-site walk-on entries will be accepted beginning at noon on Friday, July 17 . Online entries may also check in at this time.
    • To enter, you (or your group leader) must submit the Cosplay Sign-Up Form online (to be posted early March ). Submit only one entry per group, please.
    • If your entry is confirmed, you must check in at the Cosplay desk on Friday or you will be dropped from the contest.
    • Each entry will have up to 30 seconds to present their costumes. Basic blocking will be marked on the stage.
    • Entries may submit their own background music for their walk-on, but this must be submitted by July 1 and must not exceed the PG-13 rating. On-site entries may bring their music on a flash drive, due at sign-up. Files must be .mp3 or .wav  format, no phone tethering or YouTube video links will be accepted. If no music is provided, walk music will be chosen at the discretion of Cosplay Staff.
  4. Stage rules:
    • No microphones may be used by the contestants at any time.
    • Everything brought onto the stage must be removed at the end of the time limit. Messy substances including confetti, glitter, flower petals, and water are not allowed to be brought on the stage. Pyrotechnics or special effects such as fireworks, flash paper, or smoke machines will not be allowed on the stage or backstage area. You may not throw anything off the stage or into the crowd.
    • No food, animals, or remote control devices are allowed on stage.
    • All stage fighting or acrobatics must be limited to half speed and quarter strength. One foot must remain on the floor at all times. Climbing onto the stage or leaping off the stage is prohibited.
    • The stage has a ramp for mobility access. Entrants must be able to enter and exit the stage quickly on their own or with the assistance of a handler. Cosplay staff will not be able to provide a handler for you.
  5. Craftsmanship judging:
    • All costumes must be made by the entrant(s) or credited to the appropriate creator(s) on the entrant’s entry form. Creators may enter a costume worn by another person as a model, but must be present to receive awards.
    • No purchased costumes will be allowed. All entries must be at least 75% handmade or significantly modified from original garments. You will be required to list all parts of the costume that were purchased or commissioned upon entering the contest. Borderline costumes will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
    • Craftsmanship judging will take place Saturday, to be assigned as entries are accepted. Each entry of 1-3 people will be allowed 4 minutes to present to the judges; groups of 4+ people will be allowed 6 minutes. Entries that go over their time limit may be disqualified.
    • If you do not come to Craftsmanship judging, you will not be eligible to receive awards and may be dropped from the contest.
    • Reference images submitted in advance will be made available to the judges. If you register on-site, make sure to bring your reference images with you.
    • If the Cosplay Head or a judge feels that you should be placed in a higher division based on the craftsmanship and presentation of your costume, your entry may be changed to that higher division.

Section II: Divisions and Awards

  1. Divisions:
    • Novice:
      • This category is intended for those who are beginners and have not won a major cosplay award.
      • No Novice division entrant may have won more than 3 minor awards (Best Prop, etc.) or any major awards (Best in Show, Best in Division, etc.)
    • Open:
      • This category is intended for those with some experience in making costumes. Those with basic formal training (such as crafting classes or entry-level college courses in costuming or fashion) are encouraged to compete in this division.
      • No Open Division entrant may have won more than three major awards at previous conventions.
    • Advanced:
      • The Advanced category is intended for people with advanced formal training or professional experience in costuming or fashion, or who have won several awards for costumes.
      • Anyone may choose to enter this division.
  2. Awards:
    • Best in Show: This is given to an entrant or group who has shown an overall exceptional degree of craftsmanship and execution. This award may be given to an entry in either class.
    • Best in Division: This is given to an entrant or group who has shown an exceptional degree of craftsmanship and execution for their particular class.
    • Judges’ Awards: Each judge may grant an award to a favorite entry at their discretion.