IKKiCON Cosplay Contest



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Cosplay Online Signup Form: Are Now CLOSED!

Signups end when slots are filled or at 2pm on Saturday whichever comes first.

Skill Level Guidelines

Cosplay Waiver Here: Event Release-Waiver

General Cosplay Policy:

Please make sure all pointy objects are dulled, so as not to cause harm to other cosplayers, con-goers, or staff (let’s face it, if we didn’t like violating personal space, then we would not go to conventions). If you are wearing a large costume with wings or other large parts that extend beyond arm’s length, experience mobility challenges, or vision problems, make sure you have a handler or two.

​This is a family convention, so let us try to kept it as PG as possible. Please make sure if you wear a skirt, you are covered underneath. If your costume requires a lot of exposed skin, please consider wearing a nude bodysuit. If a complaint is received pertaining to your cosplay, we will ask you to change.

Please make sure you receive cool air or ventilation while cosplaying. Cosplay is not worth dying over, so stay well hydrated (drink water or Gatorade, not soda and ramune!) to prevent yourself from becoming over-heated. If you take care of your body, then your body will take care of you for the convention.

If you are asked for a photo, or vice versa, please make sure to move out of the flow of traffic. Blocking hallways is against fire safety regulations, as well as detouring from those frequent passer-bys and photo bombers.

​Do unto your fellow cosplayers as they would do unto you. Remember we are here to have a good time, so let us be respectful. Save the judging for the judges please.


The Cosplay Show

Tiers and Judging Criteria

In order to participate in The Cosplay Show you must be over the age of 18. If you are under 18 you must have a signed waiver from a parent allowing you to participate. You must also have made at least 70% of your costume and be willing to participate in craftsmanship judging. The only exceptions to this rule are for the Youth division and Skits.


This is a category for all our 12 and under cosplayers.   The Youth category will not be judged for craftsmanship and therefor are excluded from the 70% rule and craftsmanship judging. Awards for this category will be based on performance and trueness to character. Please note that if you would like to participate in craftsmanship judging and are under the age of 12 you are welcome in the Novice category.


You have been cosplaying/sewing/crafting less than two years and have not won more than three major awards. (A major award is anything other than a judge’s award regardless of size of convention.)   Please keep in mind that while you may enter as a novice our judges do retain the right to bump you up to another category if they feel your craftsmanship warrants it.
You have been cosplaying/sewing/crafting for over two years or your craftsmanship quality is considered above average. Even if you have not been crafting very long but feel you are not a novice, this category is for you! You would also be in this category if you have won at least two major awards.


You have been actively cosplaying/sewing/crafting for over two years or your craftsmanship is of a quality to be considered excellent. Even if you have not been crafting for very long but you feel you are not a novice you belong in this category! You would also be in this category if you have won more than three major awards at any convention.


If you have questions or are not sure what category you qualify for, I would be happy to help you figure it out. If you are entering as a group you must enter under the highest placing member.

We want to keep the competition fun and fair, so anyone found competing outside of their level will be moved or, depending on the circumstances disqualified. Additionally, no sandbagging of costumes is allowed. This means if your costume has won a major award before, you cannot enter it again. If you are found competing in a costume that has already won a major award you will be disqualified and potentially barred from competing in following years.

Walk On vs Skit

Walk On

Walk-Ons will be given 30 seconds to strut their stuff and strike their poses.  You are allowed to bring your own audio however default audio will be provided if you do not.


Each skit will be given up to three and half minutes but is not required to use the full time. All skits must have prerecorded audio. A skit does not have to have dialog to be considered a skit.

While you do not have to be judged for craftsmanship, you will only be eligible for Best Performance and Judge’s Awards if you opt out.

We will also be providing up to 10 minutes of practice time on stage for each skit.

Please make sure you have all pre-recorded audio cues in by December 18, 2015.

General Information

  • Please remember we are a family convention and all entries must maintain a PG-13 rating and can have no excessive violence, sexual content, ect. This rule also applies to the costume itself. We reserve the right to turn away any entry deemed inappropriate. Not sure if you make the cut? Please ask and we will let you know if it is appropriate and if not how you can make it so.
  • For both skits and walk-ons nothing is to be left on the stage. Any props you bring on stage with you must exit with you. You will also not be permitted to throw anything you cannot easily take with you on stage or at the audience. Examples include props, glitter, petals, confetti, ect.
  • For safety, any “battle” sequences or stunts are to be performed at 3/4 speed. We encourage you to keep one foot on the stage at all times. Anything breaking this rule must have prior approval from the Cosplay Director and the convention.
  • A maximum of 10 people will be permitted on stage at a time.
  • While we are an anime convention and put a strong emphasis on anime costumes, manga, Japanese video games, etc. However, costumes from sci-fi, movies, American comics, Korean sources, original designs, etc. are also allowed for entry. That being said, you must be wearing a costume to participate in the cosplay contest.
  • Please be sure to bring at least one color reference picture with you. While the judges are highly skilled, it is unfair to ask them to know what every anime or sci-fi character is. Bringing a reference picture will ensure that they can accurately judge you. If you are entering with an original character, a drawing is fine. References cannot be guaranteed to be returned, so please make sure you won’t miss it.
  • Entries are required to submit a copy of their script for pre-screening. If you are doing a dance skit, you must also submit a “script” outlining the basics of your skit with stage directions and detailed choreography. You may submit the script in person at the convention or e-mail it.
  • Professional costumes are not allowed to enter. A professional costumer is anyone who makes a significant portion of their income from costume design, construction, or sales.
  • “Cosplay is for everyone, and all cosplayers must be treated with equal “Respect” at all times.  Respect is the the secret word.


We are once again offering some amazing prizes which we will be updating closer to the convention!

Best in Show – We are bringing back the $1000 prize this year! Best in Show is for the individual or group that has overall the most outstanding craftsmanship and presence. Best in Show can be a skit or a walk on from either tier.

Best Advanced – Awarded to the Advanced entry with the best craftsmanship and performance.

Runner Up Advanced
Best Journeyman –
Awarded to the Journeyman entry with the best craftsmanship and performance
Runner Up Journeyman

Best Novice – Awarded to the Novice entry with the best craftsmanship and performance.

Runner Up Novice

Best Performance – This is a purely performance based award awarded to a skit.
Best Walk-On Performance – This is purely performance based and is awarded to the best walk-on.

Best Craftsmanship – This is a purely craftsmanship based award and can be awarded to a skit or a walk on from either tier.

Best Youth – This is for the Youth entry with the best performance.

Judge’s Awards


Sign Ups

We will be capping the show at 70 entries with an additional 12 entries for the Youth category. We will be reserving 20 spots for the advanced category. Any Advanced slots that are unfilled by end of day Friday will be opened up to entries of either tier.


While I will be available and happy to answer any questions, we will only begin accepting online applications starting December 1st for 3 weeks. The cutoff date to sign up online will be 12/23/16.

While I will be available and happy to answer any questions, we will only begin accepting online applications starting December 1st for 3 weeks. The cutoff date to sign up online will be 12/23/15.   Signing up in advanced will allow you to request date of your prejudging slot; however it will not guarantee you will get that slot. We will do our best to accommodate everyone; however we can only fit so many people in any given time frame. Once you sign up you will receive an email confirming your entrance and the day you will be pre-judged, but not the time. YOU MUST CHECK IN AT THE COSPLAY TABLE TO  RECEIVE AND CONFIRM YOUR PRE-JUDGING SLOT. We encourage you to do this as soon as you can. IF YOU DO NOT CHECK IN WITH THE COSPLAY TABLE BEFORE PREJUDGING YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO PREJUDGING. No exceptions. If you have not checked in with us by the time your slot is over we will assume you no longer wish to participate and you will be dropped from the show.

As long as slots are available you may also sign up for the show on site at the cosplay table. On site sign-ups will be open Friday and Saturday. Sign-ups will cut off at 8pm on Friday and 3 hours before the show on Saturday.   Full hours to be announced closer to the show.


There will be 2 blocks for pre-judging, one on Friday night for 4 hours and the other on Saturday for 3 hours.

Each block will be broken up into 30 minute slots. Entries will request the 30 minute slot of their choice with a maximum of 6 entries per slot. Please arrive at the start of your time slot and wait to be called into the judging room. Early is on time and on time is late. If you arrive too late to be judged during your slot you run the risk of being dropped from the show since there may no longer be any other available slots and you must be prejudged in order to participate.

Each entry will be given a maximum of 5 minutes with the judges. Groups over 2 will be given an additional 5 minutes.  In order to ensure everyone gets a chance to be judged fairly we will be timing entries so please make sure to prepare what you want to talk about in advance.

If you do not show up for prejudging by the time your slot is over we will assume you no longer wish to participate and you will be dropped from the show. No exceptions. If you are unable to make your slot for some reason please check in with us BEFORE hand and if we are able to we will move you to a different slot.

We highly encourage entries to get prejudged sooner rather than later as slots closer to the show will be reserved for entries with large/bulky costumes and entries signing up on Saturday.



Lineup will start 2 hours before the show. The first hour is primarily for any skits that would like practice time or any other entries who want to get a feel for the stage. You are required to be present in the lineup room one hour before the start time of the show. The second hour of lineup will be reserved for going over rules and getting everyone in order.