Cosplay Competition Rules

The Online Sign Ups for Cosplay Competition will go live on June 1st, 2018 and close on June 15th, 2018.

Here are some perks of signing up online.
– First Picks at Judging Times on Saturday
– The ability to do Skits. (Skits will NOT be accepted onsite, skits are only online sign up available.)
– The ability to pick your stage music. (I will not accept music handed to me at On Site Sign Ups.)
– The more people who sign up online, the less stressed Kaylea is. The less stressed Kalyea is, the more fun competing will be for EVERYONE.

We will only have On Site Sign Ups Friday of the convention, so if you cannot make it Friday, but wish to compete, I highly suggest Online Sign Ups!

Reminder: Every competitor will be given a time on Saturday for Private Judging. You ARE required to wear your competition piece at this time. It is in your best interest to NOT be late. Getting off schedule is not an option. Portfolios are required for Master Class competitors and any competitor who wishes to compete for the Best Craftsmanship Award.

There is a limited amount of time we have in a day, so once I fill up on Private Judging slots, I’m shutting down On Site Sign Ups, even if it’s only Noon on Friday. This is another reason Online Sign Ups are a good investment.

If you do not sign-up online before the convention or during these scheduled time during the convention, then you will have missed your opportunity to compete until the following year.

You are required to go to green room and check in for cosplay competition If you do not show up or check in you will lose your chance to compete in the following year competition Outstanding circumstances may be forgiven, as long as you let the cosplay head know as soon possible. More info about the Green room and Check in will be updated at a later date.

While it is not required for all competitors to have reference pictures of the character being cosplayed, it is highly and expressively recommended.

Coverage/Rating: All outfits/cosplays must follow a TVPG rating. So, if your outfit covers less then what you would see at a pool, you can’t wear it. TVPG(Parental Guidance Suggested): This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program contains one or more of the following: moderate violence (V), some sexual situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L), or some suggestive dialogue (D).

Modeled/Commissioned Cosplays: Modeled costumes are permitted only with prior consent given directly from the costume maker to the cosplay area head. Any prizes won will go to the creator of the costume, not the model. If you fail to give proper credit, you will be permanently banned from the contest. Commissioned cosplays must be one of a kind made for the wearer and must be entered as a modeled costume. No ebay costumes allowed.

Street Clothes: Street clothes are defined as any item that has been purchased off the rack. All requirements regarding this are given below in respective categories. Any costume containing street clothes that has not been approved by the masquerade area heads may be disqualified.
This year we will be opening up Craftsmanship Judging. There will be forms that will be required for participants to fill out and a portfolio that we will ask be made. More information on that will be released in the future. Just know that anyone competing for craftsmanship will be required to have reference photos of the character’s costume.

Audio: If you want audio with your walk on or cosplay skit, please send it with your cosplay form when you sign up. The sooner you send it to us the better chance of having music and sound with your performance.

Craftsmanship: Craftsmanship is a category that will overlap with your skill level category. For example, you can compete in Beginner and enter craftsmanship or you can choose not to. The higher your skill level category, the more urged it is that you enter craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is optional, except for Masterclass.

Portfolio (in process photos and reference materials) — Make your portfolio like a journal with pictures. You are required to bring a reference photo or figurine. The portfolio must include pictures of the costume work in progress at different stages of creation. Pictures of you modeling it when the costume is finished would be a nice touch, but not necessary. You may bring samples of the materials you used, but it is not necessary. You are asked to document the materials used and you are encouraged to document difficulties or learning experiences you had making your costume. (We ask that these documentation be written as short journal entries or a short essay.) Your portfolio will be returned to you after your personal craftsmanship interview.You will be expected to answer questions about the construction of your costume in your interview. 

You will be asked to turn these portfolios into the Cosplay table either when you sign up (if you are signing up on-site) or competitors who sign up online will be emailed a check-in time for Saturday to let us know you’ve showed up to compete and we can take your portfolio then. This is so that our judges can have time to look over every portfolio before the individual interviews that take place directly prior to Cosplay Competition. That being said, if you sign up on-site and wish to be in Craftsmanship/Master Class, you are encouraged to sign up Friday or Saturday before 2 PM. This is so that we can ensure our judges aren’t swamped for time pre-competition. 

Remember that Masterclass competitors are required to enter Craftsmanship.

Cosplay Skits: Skits are a separate area to compete in. The four categories for competition is Beginners, Intermediates, Masterclass, and Skits. You can only compete in one category. Besides that we would like you to send us a script/audio while you enter the form to sign up. This guarantees that we can have a smooth running show. Cosplay Skits can only be 2 1/2 minutes long. Anything longer will be cut off. 

Also, keep in mind, all skits need to stay at a TVPG rating. (Parental Guidance Suggested): This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program contains one or more of the following: moderate violence (V), some sexual situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L), or some suggestive dialogue (D). Keep it decent for the kids. 

To keep things fair, if you have worn your cosplay in previous years SoDak Con cosplay competitions  you are not allowed to re-enter it into this years competition  Also, if you have a cosplay that has won two or more awards at other conventions you will not be allowed to enter it into SoDak Con. On that note, any costume that has won Best in Show at any other convention will not be able to enter into SoDak’s competition. 

Cosplay Levels

Remember that cosplay head gets final say. If you are moved from the level that you signed up for to a different level, it is for a good reason. Categories are based loosely on International Costumer’s Guild guidelines. A friendly reminder of how the competition skill levels are determined.

Beginner: For contestants who are not professional costume makers and have won zero to two costume awards prior to entry. In terms of eligible costumes, any street clothing used must either be 25% altered from its original state OR the entire costume must consist of 25% or less unaltered street clothing.

Intermediate: For contestants who are not professional costume makers and have won more than two costume awards prior to entry OR show an adequate amount of skill. The awards number is not a requirement; it is to keep more skilled contestants from trying to enter into beginner class. In terms of eligible costumes, any street clothing used must either be 50% altered from its original state OR the entire costume must consist of 10% or less unaltered street clothing.

Masterclass: For contestants that have won more than four costume awards or have the skill that is of professional skill. If you were ever place in Masterclass in another convention’s competition you will be placed in Masterclass at SoDak Con. In terms of eligible costumes, any street clothing is prohibited. Any props not made by the contestant needs to be approved by cosplay head and judges. Craftsmanship is a requirement for master class competitors.

Skits: Skits are a separate category. You can go for craftsmanship but Skits are it’s own level.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, do not hesitate to email me at cosplay@sdcon.org. My inbox is always open and I’m always more than pleased to answer questions!