Cosplay Contest

This year we will be hosting two different cosplay contests, both with their own sets of rules. Space in both are very limited as we test out this new system. Take a look and see what you're interested in!

Craftsmanship Cosplay Contest

What can you win? Fame, glory, and CASH PRIZES!!

Judging Categories & Awards:

Novice - Trophy + $100 - You're fairly new to cosplay. That's okay. But it's time to prove that you've gotten darn good at it! You're gonna be a winner! A star, baby, yeah!

Journeyman - Trophy + $150 - This isn't your first time to the rodeo. It's not your first time at a cosplay contest, either! You've been around the block a few times, learned a few tricks, and upped your game. Time to show everyone what you're made of!

Master - Trophy + $200 - Boom. This is it. The big leagues. You've won some. You've lost some. You've sweat, cried, and bled for your cosplays. They look masterful. They look glorious. And they need to be shown off to a convention of thousands. This is your time. WIN IT.

Bonus Awards:

Best in Show - Trophy + $250 - This is it. The best! You were the BEST in the entire show! Bask in your fame, your glory, and the sweet dollar bills raining down upon you! You are The Best at Kami-Con!

Judge's Award x4 - Trophy - There will be 3 judges' awards! These are like the stars at the end of a Mario Party game-- You can win these for anything! No cash prize, but you get a pretty sweet trophy!

Alright we talked the fun stuff, but with all fun comes a little pain. Here's the rules. Read, or regret!

Craftsmanship Cosplay Contest Rules

A MINIMUM of 65% of the costume must be constructed by the contestant.

The contestant may wear the costume being judged, or a model may wear the costume in the contestant's place. HOWEVER, the creator of the costume must be present, as the creator is the one being judged.

Costumes that have won ANY award in any other costume contest are not permitted. (This includes accessory, prop, craftsmanship, judges award, etc.)
Failure to follow this rule may lead to expulsion from future Kami-Con cosplay contests.

Pre-Judging is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and entries are VERY limited. Be prepared to stand in line until it is your turn.

Kami-Con staff are not responsible for any personal items such as bags, wallets, purses, etc. Please leave these items with family or friends.

If you need a handler, please bring a friend with you, as staff may not be available to assist you.

Store-purchased, thrifted, or recycled costumes or clothes will be turned away from the craftsmanship contest.

Thanks guys! And remember to be kind to your fellow cosplayers, be courteous, and most importantly, to HAVE FUN!

Closet Cosplay Contest

Whew, intimidated by the Craftmanship Cosplay Contest?
Me too!
This contest is just for fun. No cash prizes, no skill categories, just the love of cosplay and showing off what you've got!


Judge's Award x3 - Trophy This contest is for fun, but we're not leaving you empty handed! There will be 3 Judge's Awards! You can win these for just about anything, so just do your best and have fun!

The Rules:

Contestants must have constructed LESS than 65% of their costumes.

Contestants must have altered or crafted a MINIMUM of 15% of their costume to enter.

No fully purchased costumes will be allowed (such as buying a finished character costume online).

Thrifted or recycled clothes used to create your costume are allowed as long as they have been altered in some way.

Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis.

Judging will be made during the contest. There is no pre-judging.

Spaces are very limited, so try to get in early!

Thanks guys! And remember to be kind to your fellow cosplayers, be courteous, and most importantly, to HAVE FUN!