Cosplay Contest Rules

Additional Information

Cosplay Contest Rules

  • You must be registered with Superfancon in order to compete in the contest. Registration is open from October 1, 2020 - March 7, 2020. Registration can be done at the event prior to the 12pm pre-judging. 
  • Superfancon weapons policy will be enforced.
  • Cosplay area head has final say!

Costume Requirements

  • Contestants may not enter a costume that has won at a previous major convention, has won two or more awards or has won an award at a larger convention.
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service: This is the hotel’s policy. Even barefoot characters must have shoes on for the contest. The lack of authenticity will be forgiven.
  • All contestants, male and female, must have a torso covering. This pertains to the chest area, not the stomach.
  • Nudity, even the illusion of such, is strictly forbidden.
  • We are open to all genres as long as the costume follows our convention’s dress code policies you are allowed to cosplay from any genre or fandom. 
  • Street Clothes: Street clothes are defined as any item that has been purchased off the rack. All requirements regarding this are given below in respective categories.
  • Modeled Costumes: Modeled costumes are permitted only with prior consent given directly from the costume maker to the cosplay area head. Any prizes won will go to the creator of the costume, not the model. If you fail to give proper credit, you will be permanently banned from the contest, and possibly the convention.
  • Commissioned Costumes: Must be one-of-a-kind, made for the wearer, and must be entered as a modeled costume. No eBay costumes allowed.
  • Professional Costumer: SFC defines a professional costumer as any person who earns 50% of their income from costuming commissions.


  • There are 60 Competition slots
  • Participants can only sign up for one slot in the contest. Max of 6 participants on each slot.
  • Entry slots are non-transferable.
  • Slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • All online entrants must be at check-in and pre judge  on  Saturday 12pm.  At check in, all members of an entry must individually sign the SFC Cosplay declaration (legal liability, publicity waiver)

Stage Information

  • All contestants must use the stairs to get off the stage unless your costume is too large for the stairs or you are in need of it for mobility reasons.
  • SFC’s cosplay contest is rated TVPG (Parental Guidance Suggested): This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Parents may want to watch it with their younger children. 
  • If you need help getting on or off stage because of the size or intricacy of the costume you may have one handler with you. They do not have to be pre-registered for the convention but we will need their full name. Due to space issues children may only have one parent or guardian accompanying them backstage.
  • You may not throw or whip props around. You may not take or use any sort of spray paint, silly string, fireworks, projectiles, water or any other items on stage that could mar the stage or leave a mess. You may not run onstage or run/jump offstage or perform any acrobatics. You may not use signs in costume contest. Doing any of these things will immediately disqualified and you will be held responsible for any and all damages and/or medical bills that may occur as a result.


Best in Performance 

Best in Craftsmanship 

Specialty Awards

  • Audience Favorite 
  • Cosplay Judges Award