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Contest Categories


This category is for people who only want to show off their costume on stage for fun. It will not be for competing to receive awards. This category allows: commission costumes and store-bought costumes. There will be a limit to this category depending on contestants and does not require pre-registration.

Retro Anime Award

Anyone entering will automatically be considered for this award if their cosplay fits this years theme for the convention. Which is 1980's and 1990's anime and video games!

Juniors (Ages 12 and under)

This category is for those who are 12 and under. You are allowed to receive help on your costume from friends and family.

Original Design

This category is for all costumes that are based on your own design or a fanart design. There is no award limitation for this category.


This category is for contestants that are new to making costumes for themselves. No more than 1 major award and/or no more than 4 costumes made.


This category is for contestants that have won no more than 3 major awards and/or more than 10 costumes made.


This category for those who have more than 3 major awards and/or more than 15 costumes made.

About the Judged Categories

All costumes must have been made from scratch by the costume creator. Most of your items need to be made by you. Commissioned costumes cannot be entered into the contest but is welcomed to be in the exhibition category. No fanart costumes will only be permitted in the original design category. All costumes must be derived from the original source material/artist/creator.

Performance Rules

All performance entries are subject to the following rules:

  • - Costumes and skits must be PG-13. Tsubasacon is a family friendly event so please keep this in mind if it is appropriate for children in the audience. If you are unsure whether your skit is appropriate, please feel free to email the Cosplay Coordinator for feedback.
  • - Skits must be no longer than 3 minutes in length. So if you can, we encourage you to pre-record your skits unless it absolutely must be performed live. You will be given 30 seconds in which to enter and set up, as well as 30 seconds to clean up and leave the stage.
  • - Objects and activities not permitted on stage: No live steel and firearms, incendiary devices (such as sparklers, firecrackers or smoke bombs). No throwing of objects will be permitted. If you hit the audience, equipment or judges with thrown objects (ie, Pokeballs) you will be disqualified.
  • - Careless behavior on stage that could result in falling off stage, or breaking/damaging equipment (or nearly doing so) will result in disqualification. If you break something, you buy it. A lot of the equipment is property of the techs or rentals so please keep this in mind.
  • - If you have a group performing try to limit how many are on stage at one time. There should be no more than 5 people should be on stage at a time. If your group involves staged fighting, no more than 3 people should be on stage at any given time. If there is stage fighting please get this approved by the Cosplay Coordinator ahead of time.
  • - What goes on stage with you MUST come off stage as you leave. So please nothing that will damage the stage like liquids, fake blood or confetti that cannot be pick up easily. If you think it could be an issue, always check with the cosplay staff first.
  • - You are allowed to compete both in craftsmanship and performance. Just fill out one form and state you are doing a skit as well!

You can pre-register for performances here!


Best Craftsmanship Award

This award will be given to the person or group with the best craftsmanship. Novice, Journeyman, and Master divisions are eligible for this award. The award is $100.00.

Best Performance Award

This award will be given to the entrant(s) with the best performance. Any performance is eligible for this award. The award is $100.00.


You can pre-register here! You can register also at the convention, however, preference will be given to those who pre-register first. Everything will be first come first serve for the contest at the cosplay sign-in/judging table. Remember if your costume is being judged for craftsmanship you must have a printed reference of your character for the accuracy score. It is preferred for it to be a color printout, but bringing figures, tablets, manga, books, laptops, etc., will also be accepted. Please have your references and cosplays ready for your judging time.

Convention Check In

Please come check-in at the cosplay table as soon as you get to the convention to claim your timeslot.  Judging will be on 10 minute blocks so make sure to come a little early for your time just in case someone drops. You must be on time for your judging spot or you will have to re-register for a new slot if available.  

Come early and waiting is encouraged!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the convention!  Be sure to join us!

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