Learn about the Risque Cosplay Contest

The MTAC Risque Cosplay Contest is an 18+ adult burlesque event where we accept more revealing cosplay than can normally be worn during the convention or regular Cosplay Contest. Contestants will submit music and perform a short routine on stage in which they may remove pieces of their costume while following the rules set forth below and during a pre-contest costume check. Due to a limited block of time at the event, contestants will be notified of their acceptance by email from the contest coordinator after applications have closed. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will perform.

ALL RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, INCLUDING IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE EVENT. PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR THIS.

If you have any questions about any of the rules and/or regulations, please contact adult@mtac.net.

General Event Rules
  • NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOGRAPHY MAY BE TAKEN BY MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE, ONLY BY PRE-APPROVED CONVENTION STAFF.
    • Signs will be posted and announcements made prior to the contest.
    • Access Control will confiscate any devices seen in use during the event.
    • Pictures and videos taken by staff will only be used for promotional purposes.
    • If you do not wish to have your image used for promotion, please email adult@mtac.net or speak to the event coordinator during pre-judging.
  • THIS IS A CLOSED EVENT.
    • Once the doors are shut, they will not be opened to anyone trying to enter the event.
    • For safety and legal reasons, no re-admittance will be allowed for any reason for the audience and contestants.
  • NO FOOD OR DRINKS OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE ROOM.
    • Contestants are allowed to have water backstage.
    • Medical staff will be at prejudging and backstage during performances
Pre-Judging

Every applicant that signs up agrees to submit themselves to multiple costume checks to ensure that they stay in compliance, including immediately before going on stage.

  • All costumes will be checked by the contest staff regardless of gender.
  • You may request that another member of staff or authorized personnel (of any gender) be present during this check if you are uncomfortable with a one-on-one inspection.
  • Anyone found out of compliance will be asked to modify their costume and/or performance and undergo another check.
Divisions

The contest is divided into Novice and Master Divisions but is subject to change based on the number of contestants.

  • Each division will be judged separately and have one winner.
  • When you register, you will choose which division you wish to compete under.
    • Please note that the contest staff reserves the right to change your division at their discretion.
  • Newcomers will compete as a Novice, unless you meet any of the following criteria:
    • You have been determined by the contest staff to be experienced enough to compete at the Master level;
    • You have won first place in any division of any risque cosplay contest or similar event in the past; or
    • You have ever performed or taught burlesque, drag, or similar dances in a professional context.
  • Should any of the dynamics change, the event staff will inform contestants of the new structure and the distribution of prizes.
    Master Division winner(s):

    • May not compete in this contest at the next MTAC held after their win;
    • They instead will be given the opportunity to judge and/or perform an untimed exhibition; and
    • They may compete again at the MTAC following their hiatus.
  • Novice Division winner(s):
    • Automatically move to the Master Division next time they compete
Application Rules
  • Completed applications must be received by March 1, 2024.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age on Friday March 29, 2024.
    • No exceptions.
    • You must show a valid photo ID with proof of age.
    • Valid ID MUST be kept with you during the contest.
  • Submit your music through the online registration form.
    • The maximum time limit for a performance’s music is 3:30 (three minutes and thirty seconds).
    • This does not apply to host or special guest performances that are not judged.
    • If your music exceeds this time limit, it will be cut off at the 3:30 mark with a fade-out.
  • For partner and group performances:
    • Each member must register separately; and
    • Indicate who they will perform with in their application.
  • Provide a valid email address and phone number where contest staff can reach you prior to and on the day of the contest.
  • MTAC Staff and Volunteers as well as any SEPOP organization members are allowed to compete and win, so long as no staff members are on the judges panel.
Costume and Performance Regulations
  • Nipples on feminine breasts must be fully covered and extended to cover the entire areola.
    • Coverings may not be flesh colored.
    • Coverings must be completely secured before arriving for costume checks.
  • Genital areas for all genders:
    • must be covered in full.
    • cannot be revealed in any way during the performance.
    • Thongs are permitted but must be secured.
  • Simulations of sex acts are not permitted and will result in removal from the stage and potentially the convention. Examples include but not limited to:
    • Blatantly humping the floor or another performer.
    • Kissing that is not pantomimed.
  • Routines with props, chairs, and major floor usage is allowed, but be aware:
    • Floorwork poses a safety hazard and can be hard for everyone to see. Include in your routine at your own risk.
    • Contest staff will inspect all props, chairs, and floor-use plans for safety.
    • If not allowed, you will be given the option to change your routine or withdraw from the contest.
  • Performers may not jump off of or leave the stage during their performance for safety reasons.
    • This applies to all performances, whether judged or exhibition.
    • You may enter and leave the stage only by approved means.
  • Failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification from the current contest, rejection of your application for future contests, and removal from the convention.
  • All contestants are required to sign the release form prior to the contest or they will not be allowed to perform.
General Rules and Information
  • Contestants will meet in a designated location at 10pm on the night of the contest for costume checks and orientation.
    Contest staff will send out acceptance emails with the designated location information prior to the event.

    • Due to privacy concerns, we will not advertise the meet-up time or location on social media or within MTAC public schedules.
    • Check emails and phones often as things can change
  • You will be removed from the contest lineup if:
    • You are not at the pre-judging on time.
    • You did not answer / return the confirmation phone call on the day of the event.
  • No drugs or alcohol. If a contestant appears to be intoxicated or under the influence, they will not be allowed to perform and may be escorted back to their room or off the premises.
  • No photography or videography of any kind is allowed by anyone other than pre-approved convention staff. This includes the prep time before the contest starts.
  • If you know prior to the convention you will be unable to perform or there is an emergency change, please email contest staff as soon as possible.
  • If you become unable to perform or there is an emergency change on the day of the contest, please notify contest staff as soon as possible or when they call with pre-contest meeting details.
  • Only the contestants and approved staff are allowed in the prep room and backstage during the contest.
  • If you need someone with you for costume help reasons, please email adult@mtac.net for approval or ask to speak with the event coordinator at the convention.
  • If you have any medical needs, there will be EMT members with us from pre-judging to the end of the contest.

Every applicant must read these rules and be familiar with them prior to their performance. Failure to comply with these rules will result in immediate removal from the stage and the convention. Badges will be revoked without a refund, and banning from the convention altogether may occur at the discretion of MTAC personnel.

Risque Cosplay Contest Application Form

Applications are open through March 1. Form requires Google account for file uploads.

Click here if you agree to the rules above in order to apply.