Cosplay Contest

Time: Sunday, July 12th, 2019 – Time 4:30pm

Place: Juan De Fuca rec center Curling Lounge - Main Stage

Type of Contest: Catwalk style with brief time to interact and show off your costume and character to the audience.

One of the biggest highlights of Phenomacon is our Cosplay Contest, a live event which allows contestants to show off their costumes in a live setting for prizes! Eternal Glory! And Bragging Rights!



Adult Cosplayers are encouraged to pre-register by filling out the Phenomacon Cosplay Entry. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email us at Entries will be open until all spots have been filled. Pre-registered participants must check in Sunday morning.If spots are not filled prior to March 20th, 2019 contestants will be able to Sign up will be available Sunday 11:00am - 1:00pm.


This segment of the contest showcases our young up and coming Cosplayers who are 12 years of age or younger. Participants pose on stage (with help if needed), receive a participation ribbon and goodie bag!The Kids’ Cosplay Contest will have sign-up on Sunday at the convention. Sign up will be available Sunday 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Main Categories

Just for Fun: For casual cosplayers, new comers or people that just want to show off their cosplays! All are welcome to apply for this lighthearted category. Your costume does not have to be handmade it can be absolutely store bought.

Novice: You are new to cosplay/sewing and have limited experience in creating costumes. You have not previously won any costume related awards at a convention. Your costume must be partially made by you.

Journeyman: You have some experience in creating costumes, but you are not a professional. You may have won an award(s) in the past. Your costume must be mostly made by you.

Master: You have been sewing and creating for many years. You may have won many awards. Your costume must be entirely made by you (minus footwear/wigs and the like). Please note, the category is open to everyone. Please apply at your discretion.

Closet Cosplay: This is a no-sew category and involves a costume that has been put together using items already found in your closet or thrift. Alterations can be made to these items (hemming, adding trim, ribbon etc.).


All the above entries are automatically entered into and are eligible for our additional  sub-categories. It is possible to win in your main category as well as one of the subs listed below!

Best Television/Movie

Best Anime/Manga/Comic


Funniest Cosplay

Best Super Hero/Villain

Most Original Cosplay

Cosplay Contest Rules


All contestants must  be registered attendees of Phenoamcon and possess a Phenoamcon Convention Badge.

This is a PG-13 event – please keep this in mind when planning. No cursing will be permitted, and any innuendo must have an equally obvious

non-suggestive interpretation.  If you are unsure whether something is allowed or not, please email 

Surprise the audience, but never surprise the staff/crew — Absolutely NO jumping on or off stage.  No acrobatics/flips/cartwheels will be allowed.  Any ‘surprise elements’ must be run by the cosplay coordinator for approval. Violating this may result in disqualification from the competition. When in doubt, ask.

We will have a pre-judging time. This will be after registration closes on Sunday July 12th. This is so we can take the time to talk to you and ask you questions about your costumes and all the hard work you put into it.

Costumes can be made or purchased. We know everyone doesn’t have the ability or time to make one and piecing together a costume can be just as hard some times. Please see the main categories for details.  

Please bring reference material for your character. The judges have been around, but they haven’t seen everything. Having a physical image of the original character would help us immensely.

We will be judging your costume on workmanship and presentation. Staying in character is not necessary but it is encouraged.

All judges’ decisions are final. We have experience with creating, competing, and judging competitions. We will use all our power to judge everyone fairly.