ALL-CON Cosplay Contest 2023 - The Rules!

Cosplayers! Get your lightsabers, bat'leth, and dragon-slaying axes ready! The Cosplay Contest is back, Saturday March 12!

On-site entry forms will be at the convention volunteer desk at the bottom of escalator outside of the Vendor Room / Lincoln Ballroom. The number of contestant entries is limited.

Entries - Bring your completed entry form to the Onyx Room on the main lobby level at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 12 for pre-judging. You must be in full cosplay for pre-judging and for stage time. (Stage time for audience appreciation and award presentation is 5:00 PM in the Amethyst Ballroom.)


Open/Exhibition: Didn't make your costume but want to show off your cosplay? No problem! We have a category just for you. Store bought, thrift-store, and slightly modified costumes are all welcomed.

Beginner: For first time cosplayers or for first time entries! Cosplayers in this category have not won any major awards at any convention and need to have made or altered at least 50% of their costume.

Intermediate: If you've been cosplaying for 1-3 years, have some contest experience or have won at least 1 major award at any convention, this is your category. Entries must have made or altered at least 50% of their costume.

Advanced: For cosplayers with more than 3 years of experience or have won at least 3 major awards from any convention. Entries must have made or altered at least 70% of their costume.

Notes: If you are modeling the costume but did not make it, the individual/group who made your costume(s) must be available for pre-judging. Judges reserve the right to upgrade a contestant(s) category based on the costume quality.


01. All entries must have an ALL-CON badge in order to participate (single/weekend passes).

02. No costume is not a costume.

03. All cosplays must be PG-13 and conform to the convention guidelines.

04. All categories are required to go through pre-judging before the contest.

05. At least 50%-70% of your costume must be constructed by you and/or the crafter, unless you are entering the Open/Exhibition Category.

06. If you are entering the Exhibition Category, your costume will be eligible for a Judge's Award or Exhibition Category Award. Your costume will not be eligible for other Awards.

07. If your costume has won a major award at any convention it may compete. However, your costume will not be eligible for Category Awards or Best in Show. It will be eligible for a Judge's Award.

08. This contest is for Walk-On's only. We do not have a skit division.

09. Each walk-on will have 30 seconds on stage. Use the time to pose, act, or dance your butt off! Take the time to act out as your character.

10. Microphones will not be available for contestants. Please do not shout or yell while on the stage. No swearing, vulgar gestures, lewd acts, or political and/or social statements.

11. Anything that you bring onto the stage must also go off the stage with you. No confetti or glitter. No throwing objects or any projectiles.

12. For safety, any ''battle'' sequences or stunts need to be performed at 3/4 or 1/2 speed, and 1/2 strength, with one foot remaining on the stage at all times.

13. Only groups of 4 are allowed on stage at a time.

14. Contestants must arrive in full costume at 2PM for pre-judging and 5PM for line-up. Late contestants may be disqualified.

15. All contestants should bring in a photocopy print-out reference of their character.

16. The ALL-CON Cosplay Contest is as much about fun as it is about good sportsmanship. Every contestant is expected to be on their best behavior. Failure to have sportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification. Please be polite and respectful to the cosplay staff, crew, judges, the audience, and most important of all - your fellow competitors.

2023 Judges:

• Abi Candi: Anything is possible. Society will try to cap your creationism with labels and negativity. Be yourself and create an environment that you can truly be you. That's what I try to do with my art and my lifestyle. Cosplay and set design allow me to express who I am and who I believe I can be. I have been working as a freelance photographer in DFW for the past five years, gaining experience in art, culture, and collaboration. I started body paint during the course of my cosplay career 2 years ago and never looked back. I have since been a content creator that prides themselves as being a photographer, costume designer, set builder, body painter, and makeup artist.

• Geekanista: Geekanista is a self taught seamstress, cosplayer, geek couture designer and part time mermaid. She was a finalist in the 2019 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic Con and is a 4x blue ribbon and 2x red ribbon winner with the State of Texas Creative Arts in sewing, with a specialty in unconventional materials. Over the past year she has had the honor to create a custom gown for Miss Mermaid Texas and looking forward to being back into the swing of things and creating again after the pandemic hiatus.

• Cy_My_Guy: "Hey there I'm Cy! Iíve loved to tinker & build things since I was super young and now I do my best to throw that energy into everything i do. Seeing large & interesting props from cosplayers is what first led me to venture out of my comfort zone & experiment with bigger projects. A couple of my builds include a 12ft set of articulating wings and a life-size Solar Surfer from Treasure planet. Looking forward to seeing all the amazing cosplays at this convention!"

2023 Cosplay Competition Guest of Honor:

• LadySavage: "I have a passion for bringing laughter and joy to the world of cosplay ever since I started in 2015. Over the years of cosplaying I discovered that I love creating something unusual, an attention grabber, like your favorite memes. Cosplaying something new or out of the ordinary has made me keep an open mind on how structure works in creating a cosplay. There is no wrong way to cosplay, cosplay is for anyone and everyone and I strive to be different."

2023 MC:

• Erica Muse: Erica Muse is best known for her acting and costuming. She began making costumes in 2005 and acting on stage in 2007. She feels these passions grew, in part, due to being bullied in school. "No one bullied me when I was out of school making costumes, modeling, acting, or performing, because we all had similar dreams!" Her first time on a production set was in 2008 as a tornado victim for F-5, followed by providing wardrobe for Wraith in 2012. After a realization in 2018, she turned her passions towards voice acting, landing her first voice acting role in 2019 as Evelyn in The Lottery. She can now be heard in anime, video games, podcasts, web series, and other projects, working for FUNimation/Crunchyroll, HBO, and Hi-Rez, among other companies.


There will be a Judge's Award from each Judge (at the sole discretion of the judging team). One winner for each category. One Grand Prize winner for Best In Show. All decisions are final.



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