Cosplay Contest

The YumeConUSA Cosplay Contest will consist of two parts: Craftsmanship and Skit. Entries will be available online. Signups will not be available on site.

Craftsmanship

  • All contestants must be ticketed attendees of YumeConUSA.
  • Craftsmanship entries must be 70% made by the entrant. Some bought items (such as shoes) are acceptable. In the case of groups, 70% of the cosplays must be made by members of the group.
  • Entries may be sourced from any popular media. Original and fanart designs are permitted, but must be accompanied by an illustration of the design.
  • Costume entered may not have won any award at a cosplay contest or masquerade at any other convention.
  • Cosplays and props must adhere to the YumeConUSA dress code.
  • A reference photo of your design from the original media source is required upon signup. Progress photos and a portfolio are highly recommended, but not required.
  • Entries will be judged on accuracy to reference image, cleanliness of execution, and variety and difficulty of skills demonstrated. 
  • Craftsmanship entrants have the option of either performing a skit or a walk-on. Walk ons will be 30 seconds or less.
  • Entries will be judged on accuracy to reference image, cleanliness of execution, and variety and difficulty of skills demonstrated. 

Skit

  • All contestants must be ticketed attendees of YumeConUSA.
  • Skits may be a maximum of 3 minutes. Anything longer must obtain pre approval from the contest director.
  • YumeConUSA is an all ages convention. All skits must be PG-13 material or below. Avoid swearing and sexual content.
  • Purchased costumes may participate in skits, but are not eligible for Craftsmanship judging or Best in Show.
  • Cosplays and props must adhere to the YumeConUSA dress code.
  • Microphones for live singing will not be provided unless discussed. If you need a microphone or any special equipment, please contact the contest director at cosplay@yumeconusa.com. Special equipment will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Approval of special equipment is highly unlikely without special circumstances.
  • YumeConUSA will not be supplying assistants or ‘stage ninjas’ for skits.
  • Do not throw anything on the stage (glitter, flower petals, confetti, etc.). The stage must be left the way you found it.
  • Flips and other acrobatics will not be permitted without prior approval of the contest director.
  • All contestants will be required to check in at a pre-show meeting on the day of con. Failure to attend the pre-show meeting will result in disqualification from the Cosplay Contest.

Prizes

The judges will award Best Craftsmanship, Best Skit, and Best in Show. Each judge will also award a Judge’s Choice award.

Best in Show: $550 USD


Best Craftsmanship: $250 USD


Best Skit: $250 USD