Super Cincy Expo

1st Annual Super Cincy Expo Costume Contest

Sunday, April 7, 2024

  • 12:30 PM –  1:30 PM: Prejudging at MaryMary Cosplay booth located at 509
  •   2:00 PM: Costume Contest on the Main Event Stage in the Exhibit Hall.



  • Registration and prejudging is REQUIRED for anyone wanting to participate in the annual costume contest. Registration and prejudging with the costume contest judges will take place on SUNDAY, April 7, 2024, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at MaryMary Cosplay’s booth (509) located in the main exhibit hall of the convention center. At registration, contestants will be given details about when and where to meet for the contest.
  • All entries must be Super Cincy Expo attendees; this means you must have your badge or wristband in order to participate. No badge or band = No entry.
  • This contest is open to all costume types, comic, anime, manga, or otherwise. However, we prefer to see costumes based on Video Games.
  • All participants must legibly complete a costume contest entry form at pre-judging. Forms will be available at the pre-judging location.
  • One costume entry per person.
  • Contestants are allowed 15 seconds of stage time to showcase their costume or prop in a “catwalk” format. Make sure to do one or two quick poses before leaving the stage so all spectators can see the prop or costume.
  • No live steel, no functioning or previously functioning projectile weapons, no fire, smoke and/or pyrotechnics, or live animals allowed.
  • All costumes must be family friendly (no indecent exposure or nudity).
  • No profanity or lewd behavior allowed. Any contestant who violates this rule will immediately be removed from the stage and be disqualified from the contest.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany all contestants age 13 or under.
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • Super Cincy Expo management reserves the right to modify, update, or amend these rules at any time.
  • Super Cincy Expo may record or photograph contest entries at its discretion.
  • Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the entrants to allow the Super Cincy Expo to use their likeness or image in any current or future advertisement, promotion, or product.


Now, for the most important rule………Have fun!



Contestant is brand new to cosplay, has never entered a competition before, and/or
has less than 2 awards won. Contestants could be asked to bump up if skill level presents itself
as higher than a beginner—please enter the appropriate category for your skill level even if it’s
your first competition, this category is for beginner crafters. Expectations are that they’ve made
30-50 %of their costume. Some purchased items are allowed but should not be the entire
costume–weight goes to those who’ve made costume pieces themselves.

Contestant has entered competition and earned no more than 2 awards in a
contest, shows proficiency in a particular form of work (armor, sewing, creative design, etc.)
Expectations are that they’ve made 50- 70% of their costume. Purchased items should be modified for more
weight and weight goes to those who’ve made costume pieces themselves.

In general contestants in all categories will be judged on the pieces they’ve constructed: how
clean is the work, inside and out, do they show the appropriate skill level for their category in
all aspects of the costume, and on accuracy/representation of character. Overall look, cleanliness of work, and number of different skill levels shown will be considered, as well as an
equal amount of skill shown in each skill presented. This is a craftsmanship contest so 100%
purchased costumes may walk the stage but will not have heavy consideration for awards.

Contestants should bring a reference photo and work in progress photos in case the judges ask
for them during the judging time.