Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Costume Contest is scheduled for Sunday, April 24th

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! is proud to present the our official Cosplay Contest! The Cosplay Contest is a craftsmanship award show to showcase elaborate costumes, hair, make-up, and accessories in this colorful role-playing event. Be sure to download, print & complete the contest entry form and submit it in person at the show. No online or email submissions will be accepted. Please note at the time of submission an official GPCC photographer will take your photo to go along with the entry form to be considered by the contest judges. Please make sure you enter early to ensure no complications.


Cosplay Contest Rules & Guidelines

  • Contestants can only enter in one category, Individual or Group. Due to the unpredictable size of groups, a prize for each member cannot be guaranteed but every effort will be made.
  • No skits during judging or catwalk.
  • No nudity. This is a family-friendly event, and besides - no costume is no costume. Please see our Policies page for more information.
  • No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
  • No political or religious statement during your skit. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
  • Do not use any sort of projectile at all! Nothing must leave your person intentionally while you are performing. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area or building. Please see our Policies page for more information.
  • No explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the building. Please see our Policies page for more information.
  • All prop weapons must conform to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con Weapons Policy. Please see our Policies page for more information.
  • All applications must be submitted physically to the contest registration table before pre-judging; there is no online entry. An application may be obtained either from the website or from the signup table before judging. All pre-judging will be done before the showing, off-stage – be sure to arrive early to submit your entry form and have your photo(s) taken.
  • To be judged for accuracy a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo on paper, can be turned in with your application. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.
  • Electronic media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video/audio device (i.e. iPods) to judging.
  • Costumes must be self-contained.
  • Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition.
  • Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help. The Great Philadelphia Comic Con will not be able to provide assistants.