The MTAC Cosplay Contest is a way to demonstrate your costume making skills! We welcome many types of contestants such as solo, group, master, journeyman, chibi, and more! Come and show your handiwork on our Main Stage!

Cosplay Contest Rules

  • Costumes are judged based on craftsmanship of the costume. Contestants must participate in pre-judging. Contestants in costumes accurate to the source material must come with an official (non-fan art) photo reference for their cosplay. Contestants in original concepts of established characters must also bring reference materials for our judges to judge their costume from. Contestants must be present during the cosplay contest to be eligible for winning.
  • All contestants must have a badge for this year’s MTAC.
  • Store-bought, online-purchased, or rented costumes are not allowed. Commissioned costumes may be admitted only if the original creator of the costume is present and gives consent. In the case that the costume wins, the creator of the costume will receive the prize, not the costume model.
  • Sixty percent or more of the costume should be handcrafted by the contestant. Modifications to purchased or commissioned costumes do not constitute original work and are therefore ineligible to win.
  • All costumes and props must comply with both hotel and MTAC rules and guidelines.
  • All props must comply with MTAC’s weapons policy.
  • The cosplay contest is a PG-13 event; females must keep bikini areas covered (no side or under boob, nor underbutt.) and males must keep boxer areas covered. Any inappropriate behavior during pre-judging, while backstage, or on the stage will automatically disqualify the offending contestant.
  • No food, drinks, “sticky,” or “wet” substances that may spoil your costume or the costumes of other contestants are allowed backstage.
  • Contestants may be assisted by a handler. If the contestant is under ten years of age, a parent or legal guardian must be present during pre-judging, backstage, and during the cosplay contest.
  • Contestants will be placed into one of four divisions: Novice, Journeyman, Master, and Chibi.
  • All awards presented at are the judge’s discretion. Awards are as follows:
    • Best in Show
    • People’s Choice
    • Judge’s Choice
    • Best Prop
    • Best Wig
    • Best Group
    • Best Duo
    • Best Theme
    • Best Novice
    • Best Journeyman
    • Best Master
    • Best Chibi
  • Contestants in the Chibi Division must be under thirteen years of age and be responsible for twenty-five percent or more of the costume.
  • Each contestant is only allowed to appear on stage once. Entry in multiple groups or in multiple costumes is not permitted.
  • Anything that comes onto the stage with you must leave the stage with you. Please do not leave behind any confetti, rose petals, glitter, or similar items.
  • Any props that come on stage with you must also be brought in for pre-judging.
  • Cosplay groups are limited to eight participants. Groups larger than eight must be approved by the cosplay coordinator.
  • Feel free to surprise the audience, but NOT the cosplay/MTAC staff. If you would like to do something “unique” on stage, you must get it approved by the cosplay coordinator IN ADVANCE.
  • Any contestant who unduly disrupts any portion of the cosplay pre-judging or contest may, upon the staff’s discretion, be disqualified from the contest. Further offense may result in the offender’s badge being revoked and MTAC staff escorting the offender off of the premises.
  • No MTAC staff may enter the contest. MTAC staff may model a contestant’s costume only with expressed permission from the Cosplay Contest Coordinator.

Helpful Tips

  • MTAC is first and foremost concerned about your health and safety! Please make sure that you are adequately fed and watered before prejudging. (This should honestly extend to every day during the convention!)
  • A comfortable costume makes for a much happier cosplay experience! Take the time to break in shoes, heavy jackets/capes, gloves, or any other part of your cosplay prior to bringing it to a convention.
  • Though the judges will accept a virtual reference (IE: a picture on your phone or laptop), it is HIGHLY recommended that you bring a hardcopy of your reference.
  • Be nice to your fellow cosplayers and con-goers! Remember to have fun!