Cosplay Contest

Fill out the form below to sign up for the Comicpalooza 2024 Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest Submission

The annual cosplay contest rolls out the red carpet to aspiring and professional cosplayers who want to show off their best and greatest creation for the chance to be awarded best in their category. Fans are encouraged to cheer on their favorite cosplayer (no heckling allowed) and enjoy a halftime show, last year fans enjoyed live performances by dance group KLOVR. For children 12 and under looking to take part in the competition, learn more about the Kids Cosplay Contest


The cosplay contest has two divisions: Catwalk (Walk On) and Skit.

Catwalk competitors have 30 seconds on stage and include the following categories:

  • Beginner is for people who have just started making their own costumes and haven’t won any awards.
  • Intermediate is for people who have more experience costuming and/or have won a few category or judges awards.
  • Advanced is for people who have won best in show/1st at another competition and/or have three or more major awards or are a professional.

Skits have 3 minutes and 30 seconds on stage.


Winners are announced after the halftime show and brought back on stage. Categories include:

  • Best in Beginner and Beginner Runner Up
  • Best in Intermediate and Intermediate Runner Up
  • Best in Advanced and Advanced Runner Up
  • Best in Skit and Skit Runner Up
  • Best in Show

Please be advised that signing up for the cosplay contest is an affirmation that you agree to adhere to the rules presented on the Comicpalooza website as well as any decisions made by cosplay staff prior to, or during, Comicpalooza.

All cosplay events/panels have the potential to be photographed/filmed/recorded in some fashion. These recordings may be used in future galleries or promotions. Signing up for, and/or attending, any cosplay event is done with the understanding that recording could occur at any time, and permission is tacitly given for the participant’s likeness to be used.

$1000 – Best in Show
$500 – Advanced Best in Category
$200 - Advanced Runner up
$300 – Intermediate – Best in Category
$100 – Intermediate – Runner up
$500 – Skit Best in Category
$200 – Skit Runner up