Granite State Comicon Costume Contest Registration
Contest Rules & Regulations:
Each contestant(s) must have a badge to this year's convention
Each contestant(s) must adhere to costume and prop policies
Each contestant(s) must be 13 years of age or older to enter (a separate contest for kids 12 and under takes place Sunday)
All costumes MUST be AT LEAST 50% handmade OR altered. Commissioned costumes will be allowed if the creator is present. All other store bought or commissioned costumes may only enter the walk on portion. (NOTE: our judges will decide if costumes are at least 50% handmade or altered)
Cap for this year's event in the main contest will be 65 entrants
30 spots in this year’s contest will be open for pre-registration.
35 spots will be open for registration at the show at the costume contest booth. These are first come, first serve spots in the contest.
Cap for the walk-on portion is 50 entrants and anyone may enter the walk-on that is 13 years of age and older.
Registration for the walk-on takes place at the convention (no pre-registration)
Costumes MUST be able to enter the stage area. Any costumes unable to enter the stage area that may cause harm to the contestant or other contestants and attendees will not be allowed on stage.
Divisions are as follows for entrants:
MASTERS DIVISION - entrants in this division have won best in show or won multiple awards in past contests at conventions.
JOURNEYMAN DIVISION - entrants have won minor awards (haven't won best in show) OR been competing for over three years.
NOVICE DIVISION - entrants in this division have never entered a costume contest before or been competing for three or less years.
YOUTH DIVISION - entrants in this are between the ages of 13 and 17 years old (NOTE: entrants in the Youth Division who have won awards in the past will be entered in Journeyman or Masters Division).
NOTE: Those entering as a duo or group must enter under the division of the highest skilled cosplayer in the duo/group
WALK-ON (NOTE: You do not pre-register for walk-on) - those who were unable to enter the event but want to showcase their costume. Cap for the Walk-On portion is 50 entrants.
NOTE: Those wanting to partake in the walk-on portion register at the contest booth. Walk-on participants will also only be eligible for prizes in the walk-on category.
NOTE: Contestants may be moved to different divisions based on experience.
Contestants will be judged on a point scale by the judges on three criteria:
Craftsmanship - how the entrant made their costume, use of materials and creativity
Likeness/Detail - how close the contestant resembles the character they are cosplaying/detail on costume
Presentation - stage presence!
Judges will ask any questions in regards to costume creations while contestant is on stage. They will be looking over the costumes one by one as well prior to the contest.
Contestants are asked to arrive at the designated area ONE (1) hour before the contest begins. Failure to arrive on time can result in disqualification from the contest! Only contestants will be allowed into the event at this time. Anyone additional must be given the OK by contest organizer.
At this time, the organizer will introduce emcee, judges, line contestants up by division and give additional instruction for the on-stage portion of the contest.
Contestants will be introduced on stage by the emcee, who will announce their name, character and where the character is from. In addition, the emcee with question the entrants about their costume.
Profanity or statements regarding religious, political or any activities that are deemed unsafe will result in disqualification.
Contestants will have a maximum of ONE (1) minute on the stage.
NOTE: You do not provide music or CDs for this.
Surprise the audience and judges but don’t surprise the contest organizer!
If you would like to do something special on stage, please coordinate with host and organizer beforehand
Once the last contestant has exited the stage, the judges will deliberate and the walk-on portion will begin during this time.
Entrants in the walk-on portion will have a maximum of 10 seconds on stage.
Each entrant will pose in the marked spot on stage then exit opposite where they entered on.
Winners in this category will be based on applause and costume likeness, so entertain the audience!
Once the walk-on portion has finished, winners will be announced.
Prizing will be awarded for the following:
BEST IN SHOW
Best Masters Division
Best Journeyman Division
Best Novice Division
Best Youth Division
Best Group Division
For any questions or inquiries, please email Pat and
What is/are your name(s):
What is your cosplay/stage name (not your costume but name you want to be called by on stage):
How old are you?
What is/are your cosplay(s)
Where is/are your cosplay(s) from?
What division are you in:
In a single paragraph, please explain how your cosplay(s) is/are made:
In registering for the costume contest, you acknowledge that you have read over the rules and regulations, as well as acknowledge that you consent to your photo being taken during the costume contest and may be used for future use by Granite State Comic Con
Yes, I acknowledge to the above
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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