Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Mandatory Pre-Judging and registration: Cosplay Room 1pm

Contest: All participants to walk across the stage at 5pm and winners will be announced after everyone has walked           
across the stage.

Cost: Free with Waxacon admission

Prizes: 1st Place in each category get $50 Visa Gift Card &  2 VIP Passes to Waxacon 2018
2nd Place in each category get  $25 Visa Gift Card & 2 Weekend Passes to Waxacon 2018
3rd Place in each category  get  a Waxacon T-Shirt & 1 Weekend Pass to Waxacon 2018

All contestants must have a valid weekend or Saturday pass to enter the contest.

The costume contest is limited to 30 contestants openings will be available during pre-judging on Saturday and will be
offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Competitors are encouraged to register early in order to guarantee a spot in
the contest. Waxacon contest coordinators reserve the right to make any changes to the contest rules and guidelines if
the need arises. Waxacon staff, personal guests, and volunteers are not eligible to compete in the contest.


During the pre-judging portion of the event, judges will inspect each costume, inquire as to how they were designed and
created, and answer questions contestants may have about the contest. All costumes must be pre-judged in order to be

Costumes from all genres (video game, comic book, anime, movies, television, ect.) are acceptable. Mashups and original
designs are also permitted. The majority of your costume must be homemade, although found item costumes and
modified items are acceptable.

Contestants are encouraged to bring a reference photo of the character they are portraying. The judges may not know
the character in question, and this will help their ability to gauge the effectiveness of the costume.

Pre-judging will occur in the cosplay room the day of the competition at 2pm. All contestants must arrive by 1pm to
check-in, although contestants will not be required to stay in the room for the full hour pre-judging period.

Contestants will be divided into 4 different categories during pre-judging. Contestants will be asked which category they
prefer during pre-judging, although judges retain the right to bump a contestant into a higher category if they feel a
costume deserves to be recognized at a higher skill level.


Level One: Someone who is new to costume making and/or has never won any contest awards Someone who has made
a few costumes and/or won a few contest awards.

Level Two: An experienced costume maker who has won multiple costume awards.

GROUP: Two or more people.

UNDER 18 : Anyone , or group, under the age of 18 years old.

Judging Criteria:

Percentage of the costume that is handmade
Attention to detail
Overall appearance
Likeness to the character
Maneuverability / functionality
Stage presence
The contest will be judged before the Stage walk on. All contestants will have the chance to walk across the stage to
show off their cosplay. After all participants have completed their walk on the winners will be announced. Prizes will be
awarded after the Convention ends.


All actual weapons and items that could be considered dangerous are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to,
knives, tazers, pepper spray, BB guns, cap guns, airsoft weapons, paintball guns, water guns, Steel martial arts weaponry,
ect. Items resembling futuristic weapons, fantasy weapons, and non-projectile boffer weapons may be allowed provided
they are not handled in a careless, threatening, or destructive manner against persons or property. Please check with
staff if you are unsure about your prop.

Costumes, introductions, and actions on stage must be in good taste.
All costuming must be PG13. No nudity, offensive
language or unruly behavior is permitted. No shirtless costuming, G-String, or "pasties" allowed.
This is a family-friendly
event! See
RULES page for more costuming guidlines

While on stage, jumping, flipping, running, throwing items into the audience or any movements that could compromise
the safety of any contestants or spectators is prohibited. Any of these actions will result in automatic disqualification
from the contest.

The use of fire, glitter, liquids, or any other objects that will cause a mess are prohibited. Leaving any portion of a
costume on stage could result in automatic disqualification from the contest.

We ask that all contestants display good sportsmanship to each other and the judges.

Other non-cash prizes may be awarded at the sole discretion of contest organizers or Waxacon management. Prizes will
be sent via mail. T-Shirts will be awarded before end of Con.