2019 ROSE CITY Costume Contest!

Each year, Rose City Comic Con holds a costume contest where con-goers get to show off their cosplay skills and win cash prizes! All are welcome to attend the show! 

For those who wish to enter and compete, pay close attention to all the rules and expectations below.


Registration & Preliminary Judging

Contest is open to ages 11 and up. (11-15 youth entries, 16-Up adult entries).

You must register online by Thursday, September 12, 2019 using the registration link below. Registration is first-come, first served so don’t delay! We have a limited number of spots and we will fill up.

Individuals can apply to be judged in one of the following categories; however, final placement will be at the discretion of the judges and contest organizers.

  • YOUTH Entry (must be ages 11 – 15 / 16-up = adult entry)
  • TAILORS (Needlework focus – primarily cloth, fabric, spandex, etc w/emphasis on tailoring)
  • SOLDIERS (Molding or shaping using acrylic, EVA foam, Worbla, Wonderflex, cardboard, chainmail and more – emphasis on armor)
  • TINKERS (Mechanical/moving parts, electronics, lights, etc. – an emphasis on hardware)
  • BEYOND HUMAN – larger-than-life cosplay that encloses the maker and extends head, height, limbs etc. by (at least) one foot in length or more. A costume that’s REALLY BIG.

NOTE: Many costumes incorporate needlework PLUS Worbla, FX, etc. All WILL be taken into account, but enter in the category that fits where the MAJORITY of time and work was focused.

Preliminary Judging – what contestants need to know:

Preliminary judging happens BY CATEGORY during the day on Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Location: Room C 125-126

  • 11:00 – Tailors
  • 12:30 – Soldiers
  • 1:15 – Youth
  • 1:45 – Tinkers
  • 2:20 – Beyond Human

If you have a conflict with your category window, or aren’t sure what category to register as, stop by Room C 125-126 at 11am and talk to registration about an alternate time between 11am – 3pm.

You MUST participate in preliminary judging to be eligible to compete in the evening contest. Being a contestant will mean donning your attire in-full once during the day on Saturday for preliminary judging and again as determined for the evening event.

Contestants should provide a 100-word written description that the emcee will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything that might impress the judges and Fans. This description is limited to 100 words. RCCC reserves the right to edit introduction material for time and content.

To be judged for accuracy as a visual reference, please bring a reference color photo of the character you are cosplaying when you arrive for onsite check-in. You may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.

The Costume Contest will be at 8pm in Panel Room 1 (Main Stage)