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Cosplay Contest

Meet Our Guest Host and Judges

Savage Princess Momma
Guest Cosplay Contest Host
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This cosplay trio was formed last year to compete at the Kumoricon 2017 Cosplay Contest. With their Ever After High cosplays, they ended up taking home Best in Show in both craftsmanship and skit. The group name is taken from each of the members' individual cosplay names; Sewing Savage Cosplay, Princess of Tea, and Momma Sammu. They return this year as the hosts and half-time show performers for the Cosplay Contest! They encourage you to come to the event and give all the contestants your support!

Guest Cosplay Contest Judge
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Amidoji started cosplaying in the far back year of 2003 back when Arda was a nary a twinkle in someone's eye and Worbla had yet to be invented. Over the years, she has honed her skills in sewing and went on to win several awards, the highest being Intermediate Craftsmanship at Nan Desu Kan in 2008, with the most recent being in 2012 for Group Costume Honorable Mention at Fanime. For the past six years, other than drowning in nursing school and a bachelor's program, Amidoji has been judging at Bellingham Comicon. She is excited to attend her first Kumoricon and see what everyone brings to the table. Her current favorite costume? Princess Hilda from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. And the one she's most proud of? It's a toss-up. Seymour Guado in his wedding outfit from Final Fantasy X or Princess Serenity from Sailor Moon.

Hanyaan Cosplay
Guest Cosplay Contest Judge
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Diana (known as Hanyaan) has been cosplaying since 2001 and competing in Masters since 2007. She currently is believed to hold the record for most JoJo costumes made by a single cosplayer for the continent of North America and specializes in styling anime mullets.

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Guest Cosplay Contest Judge
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Pannon (The Pannonator's Pan-Tastic Cosplays) has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 17 years, she's refined her craft and competed all over the United States and abroad! Pannon has won over 60 awards nationwide. She and her cosplay-partner, Garnet Runestar, won the title of Team USA in 2014 as part of the World Cosplay Summit, and got to represent the US again in June 2017 as Team USA in The Netherlands' C4 competition.

Though she still competes in the international circuit, Pannon has also judged for over 30 contests, returning as an Alumni Judge for the World Cosplay Summit, as well as several national cosplay contests. She has made everything from mascots for pro sports teams like Utah Jazz, the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and more, as well as built red-carpet and Fashion Week looks worn around the world. She loves sharing her knowledge and positivity with the cosplay community and volunteers with Cosplay for a Cause, Utah chapter, and runs a cosplay advice podcast together with Vermillion Fire Cosplay, "Cosplay Stitch and Seam".

Entry Form

Online entries are due by October 12, 2018, at 11:59pm. The online form is available on this page, below the rules.

Or, hand in to the Cosplay Coordinator at the convention, for skits only. You may download a blank form to handwrite your information, or fill in the online form and print the generated PDF. Online submissions after October 12, 11:59pm will not be processed—instead, please print the generated PDF that is emailed to you and turn it in to the Cosplay Coordinator at the convention, for skits only.

If you have any questions, please email


  • All participants must have a Kumoricon 2018 badge.
  • All participants must read and agree to follow all rules of the Cosplay Contest.
  • Costumes previously entered in a Kumoricon Cosplay Contest are ineligible.
  • By registering for the Cosplay Contest, all participants agree to allow Kumoricon to use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and video. Photographs of winning entries may be shown at the Kumoricon Closing Ceremonies.
  • All convention policies must be upheld during the entirety of the Cosplay Contest. Anyone breaking Kumoricon rules will be disqualified and reported to Operations or Yojimbo.
  • Kumoricon regular staff may enter the Cosplay Contest as long as staff-related responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Board members may not compete in the Cosplay Contest.

How to Enter

  • Entries are now open. To sign up, fill out the Cosplay Contest Entry Form on this page, below these rules.
  • The deadline for entry forms received online is October 12, 2018, at 11:59pm. At-convention sign-ups may be available should any open slots remain.
  • The total number of presentations that will be allowed this year will be 30 Skits and 30 Runways.
  • All entries are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. If all entry slots are full, there will be a waiting list for additional entrants who may be called in if anyone drops out or is disqualified.
  • At-convention sign-ups are for Skits only.
  • Entrants are asked to attend the Pre-Meeting, the Technical Rehearsal, and to show up at the requested time for the contest itself. Costume Construction judging is required if and only if an entrant has chosen to have Costume Construction judged. Entrants who miss any of these events may be disqualified. Please see the official Kumoricon schedule for times and locations of required Cosplay Meetings and activities.

General Information

  • Kumoricon is an all-ages-friendly event. Content should not go beyond mild PG.
    • Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc.
    • No excessive violence.
    • No sexual activity or contact—real or implied.
    • All sexual jokes must have a non-sexual interpretation that is at least as obvious as the sexual one.
    • No nudity—all costumes must adhere to the official Kumoricon code of conduct.
    • No yaoi, yuri, or hentai.
    • Be clever, not crass! If you think your costume or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is.
    • If you have a question about your content, please feel free to ask the Cosplay Staff if it is allowable.
  • You may surprise the audience, but never surprise the crew.
  • No fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids.
  • No messy substances—wet, dry, or oily—in the green room or on stage.
  • No jumping on or off stage—please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.
  • Entrants must abide by the convention weapons policies. All weapons must be peace-bonded and approved. Pointing weapons at anyone not in your Cosplay group will not be tolerated. The Cosplay Coordinator must approve any actions involving weapons.
  • Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.
  • If for whatever reason one contestant is removed from competition for any violation the entire group may be disqualified as well depending on the situation.
  • All decisions made by the Cosplay Coordinator or Programming Director are final and may only be changed by a formal challenge though Programming.
  • You must have some kind of foot covering. Shoes or boots are required. Be aware of safety concerns. If your character does not wear shoes the lack of accuracy will be forgiven; consider flesh-toned or clear shoes.

Judging and Awards

"Performance" and "Costume" judging are entirely separate. There is a judging panel for Performance and a judging panel for Costume Construction. Each panel selects and grants its own awards. Costume Construction judging is not required for skit entries, and the decisions and deliberations of the Costume Construction judging panel have no influence on the Performance judging panel, or vice versa.

  • All entrants will have a performance—either a runway-style walk-on, a traditional skit or dance skit.
  • Each contestant will appear in only one stage performance.
  • Entrants may enter in different Performance and Costume Construction categories.
  • To be eligible for the Best in Show award, your entry must be a Skit, and you must elect to have your Costume Construction judged.

Epic Cosplay Wigs

Awards are provided by Epic Cosplay Wigs!

  • Best in Show – $350 certificate
  • Best Skit – $150 certificate
  • Best Costume
    • $20 certificate – Original Character
    • $20 certificate – Novice
    • $35 certificate – Journeyman
    • $75 certificate – Master


  • Performance will be judged based on the performance of the whole group.
  • Performance awards are granted to the entries that have shown excellent stage presentation.
  • There are 3 types of Performances:
    • Regular skit – Traditional skits in which the main activities include characters talking to each other and acting out a scene. Duration may be up to 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
    • Dance skit – Skits in which most of the performance is dancing. Duration may be up to 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
    • Runway – Quick presentation consisting of a few poses intended to show off a costume. This is required for Costume Construction judging only. Duration may be up to 45 seconds.
  • Costumes not entered in the Construction judging do not have to be self-made. See below for Costume Construction requirements.
  • Pre-recorded music and dialogue are required.
    • File uploads are preferred for online entries.
    • Alternately, you may deliver your file by USB thumb drive or CD.
      • For this method, please include your person/group name and skit title in the filename. (File uploads for online entries will be automatically renamed by our system, so the file name on your computer does not matter.)
      • One track is preferred; we cannot change tracks or start in the middle of a track.
    • We can accept MP3, M4A, and other common file types. We strongly prefer 128kbps or higher.
    • Recorded music and dialogue must be clear to hear.
    • Do not submit valuable original CDs. Bring backup copies of your audio on USB thumb drive or CD to ensure it's not lost. Kumoricon is not responsible for damage to or loss of CDs or any other media.
    • Clearly label your back-up CD with group name and skit title.
    • We will not play or rip music off portable MP3 players, such as iPods or cell phones.
  • Leave the stage as clean as it was when you set foot on it. Arrange to remove all items you brought on stage at the end of your presentation. If you have a particularly intricate presentation, we recommend you recruit your own stage ninjas.
  • No entry may be a repeat of an entry from any previous competition at Kumoricon.
  • Don't plan for complex lighting. The default lighting cue is: lights go up, music starts, you come on at stage right, you leave on stage left, music stops, lights go down. If you desire anything other than default lighting or music cues, discuss it with the Cosplay Coordinator before the convention.
  • A group should compete in the skill division of the group's most experienced member. If in a group and all participants are Novice, but one participant is Master, the group must compete in the Master Division (as no one may compete in a Division lower than their own). You cannot compete lower than any Division award you have won.

Costume Construction

  • The Costume Construction awards are based on the following factors:
    • Adaptation:
      • Representation of your costume to the character design.
      • Skill in scale and body fit adaptation.
      • Resemblance to character shown in documentation
    • Overall Construction:
      • Use of materials, construction methods and durability.
      • Use of appropriate or innovative methods and applications.
    • Extra points may be awarded at the Judges' discretion for construction done above and beyond the normal effort expected for a costume.
  • All entrants will participate in the performance portion either in a skit or a Runway.
  • All costumes from all genres and media are accepted for Kumoricon's Cosplay Contest, including original designs as a separate category.
  • Multiple costumes made by the same person may be entered so long as each costume is on a different body.
  • Reference pictures will be required. This includes screen captures, posters, or any other official media that reveals the character's full costume. The pictures should reveal different views of the character (i.e. front, back, sides). Do not assume judges know your costume or character! You will be required to bring reference pictures to judging.
  • Commissioned, purchased, rented, or commercially made costumes will not be allowed to enter the Costume Construction portion of the contest. A portion of the costume (such as a leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume should have been constructed by the creator of the costume. More is expected if you are entering as Journeyman or Master.
    • If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the contest, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed. Unaltered store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a "costume" are not allowed.
  • Costumes worn for any previous competition at Kumoricon are ineligible.

Skill Levels

To ensure that Entrants with limited experience compete with their peers and not against more experienced entrants, skill levels have been established. Entrants may elect to enter different skill levels for Costume Construction and Presentation. The Judges will assess entries of higher skill levels using stricter criteria.

  • For costume judging, these rankings apply to the costume maker, not the wearer as they are for construction, not presentation.
  • Group entries will be judged at the highest division amongst your members.
  • The Master category is intended for skilled cosplayers with extensive cosplay experience and several awards.
  • Those competing in the Masters Costume category must bring a portfolio showcasing progress of their costume and a minimum of three previous costumes to judging.
  • Professional actors and actresses or groups who perform outside the convention circuit are required to compete at this level for presentations. Professional costumers, tailors, pattern-makers, seamstresses or people who take commissions for creating costumes or other clothing are required to compete at this level for Construction.
  • Anyone who has won two or more awards as a Journeyman, or
  • An individual who has achieved "Master" status at any other major convention, or
  • Anyone who chooses to compete in this division may do so.
  • The Journeyman category is intended for people with some cosplay experience and/or some awards.
  • Those competing in the Journeyman Costume category must bring a portfolio showcasing progress of their costume to judging.
  • Has won fewer than two awards as a Journeyman, or
  • Has won at least two awards in the Novice category, or
  • Anyone who is not required to compete as a Master and who chooses to compete in this division.
  • The Novice category is intended for people with virtually no cosplay experience or cosplayers with little to no prior experience competing.
  • First-time performers and/or costumers fit here.
  • Any group with at least one member who is old enough to not qualify for the Youth division, or a Youth group that prefers to compete in the Novice division.
  • Anyone who has never won an award in a cosplay competition at any convention.
  • All members of the group are 14 or younger on the day of the competition.
  • For Construction: Contestants beneath the age of 14 on the day of the competition who have created at least 50% of their costume on their own (if an adult created the costume, the costume is entered under the Adult's skill level).
  • Note: For Performance, parents used as "props" for small children do not bump children into an adult class.
Original Design (for Costume only)
  • Original Design will be treated as a separate competition. Contestants in this division will not be competing against the other divisions and will receive their own award.
  • Costumes that are considered original design are as follows: gijinkas, genderbends, characters with no published artwork, fan art designs, and original video game characters, etc.
  • Original Designs will be judged solely based on construction.
  • Original Design contestants must bring a portfolio of all reference/inspiration material and progress photos to judging.

Please note that any entry may be reclassified by the Judges if they feel it is appropriate.

We're sorry. The deadline has passed for entries, and the form is now closed.