Unfortunately, online registration for the 2018 Masquerade and craftsmanship contest is now closed. But do not fear! You can register on site at registration
Friday until 9pm, and Saturday until 12pmWe hope to see you there!


ready to pit yourself against some of the best cosplayers at cosplay america?

It’s that time again. Come strut your stuff and show off your hard work at the 2018 Cosplay America Craftsmanship and Masquerade! We’re giving out $500 CASH and other amazing prizes this year, so don’t miss out!

 

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craftsmanship contest

Craftsmanship will be judged based on the craft of your costume. Judging time is limited, so there will only be 36 judging slots. Sign up early, because it’s first come, first served.

Online registration will close Monday, June 18th.

  • 26 Craftsmanship slots available online

  • 10 slots will be available at the convention

  • On-site sign-ups will be available on Friday from 4pm-7pm at Registration

  • Judging slots will be 10 minutes each, during which you will have 5 minutes to talk about your costume.

  • Don’t worry if you don’t know what to say! Just talk about how you made your costume and we’ll help you with the rest.

  • Judging will occur Saturday from 9AM-Noon and 1pm-4pm (location TBD).

  • You will have the opportunity to pick your judging time, so sign up early if you want the time that works best for you!

  • Groups or individuals are welcome.

  • You can enter in a costume from any genre. Original characters are allowed, but keep in mind your accuracy score may not be as high if we don’t have a character reference to base it on.

  • Please do not enter a costume that you have entered into this contest in the past. Also, please do not enter any costumes that have won major awards (1st place or best in show) or more than one award (no matter what the category was).

  • If you did not make your costume, the maker must be present with you in order to qualify for this contest.

  • You will be judged on the accuracy, cleanliness, level of difficulty, and creativity of your costume.

  • To be judged for accuracy, a visual reference (preferably a color photo on paper) can be turned in when you come to judging. This is not required, but you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar with your character.

  • You will either be in the Junior, Beginner, or Advanced judging category. The requirements of each are broken down below.

  • Awards will be given to Best in Show, First and Second place Beginner, First and Second place Advanced, Best Junior, and judges’ awards.

  • You are not required to perform a skit in order to be a part of the craftsmanship contest. However, you will walk across the stage during the Masquerade to show your costume to the audience.

Junior Craftsmanship

This is for our contestants who are 15 and younger. Parents/adults can assist with the creation of Juniors’ costumes, but we want our junior contestants to have participated in the construction of their costume. Extra credit will be given to our juniors who made significant portions of their costumes. If you helped your junior create their costume, you are asked to come to their judging and help talk about how the costume was made.

Beginner Craftsmanship

This category is for our contestants who are new to cosplay or craftsmanship contests. For a costume/cosplayer to qualify for this category you:

  • Cannot have won more than 1 major award (first place or best in show) in the Beginner category or more than 3 minor awards (2nd or 3rd place or judge’s awards) at this or any other convention.
     
  • Cannot have won awards in journeyman/advanced/masters divisions in the past.
     
  • Must have made at least 50% of your costume, with the exception of shoes and wig. Keep in mind that the more of your costume you make, the more costume you have to impress us with!
     
  • If you have not entered a craftsmanship contest before, but have been making costumes for a long time, please let us know. We may discuss the idea of bumping you up to the Advanced category.

If you are uncertain if you qualify for this category, send us an email and ask!

Advanced Craftsmanship

This category is for our cosplayers who have been creating costumes for a while and have participated in craftsmanship contests in the past. For a costume/cosplayer to qualify for this category you:

  • Must have won more than one major award in the Beginner category or more than 3 minor awards (2nd or 3rd place or judge’s awards), or any award in the journeyman/advanced/masters division at this or any other convention.
     
  • Must have made at least 75% of your costume with the exception of shoes and wig. Remember, the more of your costume you make, the more opportunities you have to impress the judges!
     
  • This contest is not for professional costumers. If you make a large portion (50% or more) of your income from costume making, this is not the contest for you.

If you are not certain if you qualify for this category, just send us an email and ask!

All entrants must read and understand all Rules and Guidelines before registering for Craftsmanship or Masquerade Competitions.


MASQUERADE CONTEST

The masquerade is judged based on your performance/skit! We will only have 10 slots for skits, as time is limited. Slots are first come/first served, so apply early!

 

  • Only 10 slots are available
     
  • You MUST Pre-register Online in order to participate as a skit.
     
  • Your costume does not need to be handmade in order to enter into the skit division.
     
  • Judging will occur on Saturday night on the main stage. You will be required to show the judges your skit during the pre-show lineup, which will occur 1 hour before the masquerade begins.
  • Individual performances cannot exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • Group performances cannot exceed 3 minutes.
     
  • Audio files are preferred over live microphone performances, but you can be provided one microphone if needed.
     
  • No profanity is allowed in your skits. This includes hand gestures, messages on signs or clothes, or profanity in accompanying music. This includes profanity in any language.
     
  • No political or religious statements.
     
  • No overt sexual content. It’s okay to be sexy, but remember this is a family friendly convention. Know where to draw the line.
     
  • Violation of the above will lead to disqualification from the competition, and may lead to expulsion from the convention.

If you have any uncertainty to whether or not your skit is appropriate for this convention, please email us!

All entrants must read and understand all Rules and Guidelines before registering for Craftsmanship or Masquerade Competitions.


Cosplay Runway Show!

Don’t qualify for or want to enter the masquerade but still want to show off your awesome costume?? This is the event for you! Come on out and strut your stuff at the Cosplay Runway show and hear the applause and cheers of your fellow attendees. We’re going to have tons of fun with this, so come on out!
 


ADDITIONAL RULES FOR ALL CONTESTANTS

including CRAFTSMANSHIP, RUNWAY, AND MASQUERADE contests

All participants must be registered Cosplay America Convention attendees.  You may be asked to present your badge.  Be sure to bring it with you!

No nudity.  No costume is no costume.  Body paint does not count as clothing.

No profanity allowed on stage.  This includes hand gestures, messages on signs, on clothes, or in accompanying music.  This includes profanity in any language.  Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition, and risks expulsion from the convention.

No political or religious statements during the competition.  Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition and risks expulsion from the convention.
 

No overt sexual content during the contest. It’s okay to be sexy, but remember this is a family friendly convention and know where to draw the line. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition and risks expulsion from the convention.

No projectiles! Nothing must leave your person during judging or while you are on stage. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.

All prop weapons must conform to the Cosplay America Weapons Policy.

Do not enter or exit the stage except at the designated points.
Large and/or elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings. Cosplay America will not provide assistants.

If you have any additional questions concerning craftsmanship/masquerade, please feel free to contact us!