Cosplay Contest

Playthrough 2022 Cosplay Showcase

It’s Cosplay time! Dress up as your favorite characters and strut your stuff for your chance at winning some cash and awesome prizes!


This is a main stage event costume contest happening on Saturday, March 19th with two main divisions.

The Runway division is not pre-judged and is open to anyone in bought or made costumes.  You can sign up for this division if you did not make your cosplay, or do not want to compete, but would like to show off your costume on our main stage in front of everyone! (no prizes awarded for this division) Sign up for the Runway division HERE

The Craftsmanship (Prize) division is pre-judged and open to anyone who has made their costume themselves.  You can sign up for this division if you made at least 75% of your cosplay and would like to compete for one of our prizes listed below! Sign up for the Craftsman division HERE


  • Best in Show: $300 & Award Certificate

  • Best Masters: $50 & Award Certificate

  • Best Journeyman: $50  & Award Certificate

  • Best Novice: $50 & Award Certificate

  • Best Youth: $50 & Award Certificate

What to expect at the contest:

When you first arrive at the show there will be a designated COSPLAY AREA at BOOTH #TBD.  This is where all questions regarding the competition can be answered, and where you will need to go to sign up and/or check in. The Cosplay Showcase will be on stage at 6:00PM (time may change) on Saturday, March 19th  IMPORTANT: You must sign up and/or check in before 12 pm on Saturday, March 19th.  Pre-judging will start promptly thereafter and we will not allow any further signups past then.  Those who are competing in the Craftsmanship division will be judged at this booth

Who can enter?

All attendees of the event can participate!

How do I sign up for the contest?

The Runway division 

There are two ways to register for the competition:

  • Register Online. This is the most preferred method.

Click here to complete the Runway entry form

  • Register at the event.  Participants will be able to sign up indicating that they would like to participate on the cosplay showcase on our main stage.

The Craftsmanship (Prize) division

There are two ways to register for the competition:

  • Register Online. This is the most preferred method.

Click here to complete the Craftsmanship entry form

You will receive an email confirmation within a few days after sign up.

  • Register at the event. Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the COSPLAY BOOTH #TBD. Fill out the entry form to the registration table.

Cosplay Showcase Rules and Regulations:

1. Contestants are only permitted to enter one costume per person. There are no separate entries from the same person.


2. All costumes must have source material. Costumes must come from an established cartoon, comic book, anime, video game, manga, novel, or movie.


3. NO PETS! Pets are not cosplay props. Anyone who enters the contest with a pet will be immediately disqualified.


4. All contestants must fill out an entry form in their division (Runway or Craftsmanship). The form can be filled out online until the deadline of March 18th, 2022 at 11:59pm or at the show at the Cosplay Booth. The amount of contestants is subject to a cap, so please register early!


5. THE RERUN RULE: If you have won a major award for a costume at a previous major event, you may NOT enter the costume again. Minor changes to a costume do not constitute a new costume. We want to inspire new and creative costumes!

6. No Nudity. All costumes must be PG-13, PG, or G. We will have attendees of all ages coming to see this contest on the main stage.

7. We have zero tolerance for harassment in any form. This includes but is not limited to trash talk, sabotage, and/or being a poor sportsmen. Being found doing any of these things will immediately disqualify you from the competition.

8. No harmful or potentially harmful materials will be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: live steel, water, cigarettes, flames, fireworks, silly string, and any other substance that can be fired, launched, or dripped.

9. Props may be used for posing during the cosplay contest but are prohibited from being waved around, thrown, or otherwise quickly moved. Projectiles of any sort are strictly prohibited.

10. If participants are seen using a prop inappropriately (play fighting, waving it around, etc), they will be automatically disqualified and might potentially be removed from the con.

11. Everyone must follow the Dress Code and Props & Weapons Policy.

Craftsmanship Division Rules and Regulations:

▪ 75% of a costume must be made by the costumer, with the exception being wigs, belts, shoes, and other notions.  Contestants will be divided into one of four categories according to skill level: Youth, Novice, Journeyman, and Master.

▪ Contestants who have competed and won a Best of Category award at another major competition may not enter in the Novice category.


▪ Contestants who have won more than three major awards at other competitions may not enter in the Novice category.

▪ A contestant who has competed and won in the Masters category or three major awards in the Journeyman category at another major competition in the past may not enter in the Journeyman (or lower) division. 

▪ All participants are required to display their costumes in our Cosplay Showcase event.  The event takes place on our main stage on Saturday night (March 19th).  Winners for each category will be announced at the end of the showcase.

Entrant Skill Level:

Participants must comply to the rules detailed below.  If a Youth costume is made only by an adult, that youth participant must enter in the Novice skill level. 

▪ Youth (Ages 12 and under)

▪ Novice (less than 3 awards at a major competition, never won "Best Novice" or "Best in Show")

▪Journeyman (more than 3 awards at a major competition, never won "Best Journeyman")

▪Master (anyone may enter in the Master division)