The Penti-con would like to welcome you to enter the cosplay contest for the events inaugural year.



  • You may have entered costume contests before but won no awards.
  • Beginners also welcome
  • You must have made at least 60% of your costume in this tier. Modified items will also be acceptable (ex: Dying a coat from Value Village)


  • If you feel your skill is beyond a novice, or you have won at least one award, this is your category.
  • You must have made at least 70% of your costume in this tier.
  • Some modified items will be acceptable, but they must be heavily altered.


  • Anyone who has won more than 4 awards in any category, or won one or more major awards such as Best In show, Intermediate 1st place, or Masters Craftsmanship must enter this category.
  • You must have made at least 80% of your costume in this tier.
  • Some modified items will be acceptable, but they must be heavily altered.

Please note: If you feel your skill level is above the designated category you would fit into, please enter accordingly. The judges also reserve the right to change your category as they see fit.

General Rules:

Anyone over the age of 13 may enter this contest. There is no age differentiated categories in this contest.

All contestants must provide reference images to their costumes so the judges can see what you’re working from. Progress photos are not necessary for this competition. This contest is judging costume accuracy and creativity and is not a look alike competition.

Single and group entries will be accepted, and groups will all be judged as one, and the award will not change based on the group entry.

Pre-judging will be mandatory and occur in the morning before the stage portion of the contest, and contestants will be emailed the judging times in advance of the contest. Failure to show up at pre-judging will result in disqualification.

The following awards will be available:

  • Novice category winner
  • Journeyman category winner
  • Intermediate category winner
  • Judges Choice
  • Best In Show

The contest will be judged on the following categories. There is a total of 45 points available:

  • Accuracy (10): How does the costume compare to the reference image in terms of design.
  • Creativity (10): What sorts of materials were used in what ways? How have you adapted the design to work in real life?
  • Attention to detail (10): How have you made this costume yours? What detailing have you done?
  • Quality (10): How well is the costume made? Do things look properly finished?
  • Stage presence (5): Your time on stage is mostly to show off your hard work to the audience, but your performance will also be judged. How do you show off your character, and how does it match what you’ve told us about them?

Submission guidelines:

Please fill out this form to enter the contest.

It would be preferred if you submit audio (up to 45 seconds) with your entry but we will be accepting audio via jump drive and phone at the event. If you do not wish to use your own audio for your walk on, please advise us in your entry and we will prepare music for you based on your entry.

We will need your actual name to make sure you are you, but your preferred cosplay name will be used at the event for your safety, so please make sure to submit that too!

If you have any questions, please email our costume contest coordinator, Sakura Elric at and she will answer any questions you may have.