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Cosplay Contest Rules and Regulations

Entry FormOne of the biggest highlights of ATOA is the Cosplay Contest, a live event which allows contestants to show off their costumes in a live setting for prizes! Eternal Glory! and Bragging Rights!


1) Contest Format

  • 1.1) Contestants are encouraged to pre-register into the contest via the online form or onsite at the Cosplay registration designated area (Cosplay Registration table) on Saturday, February 21, from 9:00-12:00. If you pre-registered via the online form, please check-in at the Cosplay Registration table between those times so we can be sure you are still participating! If you do not check in by noon, your spot may be given to someone else.
  • 1.2) On Saturday, February 21, all contestants must arrive in the main events room approximately 30 minutes before the start of the contest for instructions.
  • 1.3) The Cosplay Contest will last approximately 30-45 mins, with an additional 15-20 mins for judges’ deliberations and award presentation. After the judges have finished deliberating, the winners will be announced. Contestants must be on hand to accept awards.
  • 1.4) Winners in the Cosplay Contest will be selected for the following categories:
    • Best in Show
    • Best Costume
    • Best Performance
    • Fan Favourite
    • Honourable Mention – Best First Timer

2) Rules and Regulations

  • 2.1) Costumes and props must be suitable and appropriate for all ages. Costumes should have a theme consistent with what ATOA celebrates – anime, comics, video games, or pop culture. Costumes and props should adhere to general ATOA Rules and Regulations including the Weapons and Props Policy. Questions may be answered, and exceptions may be made, by the Cosplay Coordinator or Live Events Manager.
  • 2.2) Only handmade costumes are eligible to win the Best Costume award. Costumes created with the help of friends or family is accepted, however more than 50% of the costume has to be made by the contestant. Prefabricated costumes will be allowed as long as it has been substantially altered by the contestant (at least 70%).
  • 2.3) Contestants can enter the contest individually, or as part of a team. If you enter as part of a team, your team will be judged together for the purposes of the Best in Show and Best Performance awards. However, your costumes will still be judged individually for the purposes of the Best Costume award.
  • 2.4) There is a 2 minute time limit for all performances. If the performance goes over the time limit, the contestant will be disqualified. Exceptions CAN be made on a case by case basis – please contact the Cosplay Coordinator for more details. All skits must be family friendly; please email the Cosplay Coordinator at atoa_cosplay[at]asapa[dot]ca if you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of your skit.
  • 2.5) Music
    • 2.5.1) Music is optional. If you have a music track you’d like to use for your performance, please send the mp3 to the Cosplay Coordinator as part of your pre-registration. Alternatively, if you are registering on the day of ATOA, then please provide a copy of the mp3 on a USB stick at the time of registration. The music must be in mp3 format, and must be on a USB stick. No other format of music will be accepted at the event itself.
  • 2.6) Judges will give their ratings based on the following criteria:
    • Performance: (20 points) - 5 points each
      • Conception / Creativity of the Skit
      • Entertainment / Audience Enjoyment
      • Performing Skills / Authenticity to original work
      • Use of set and props
    • Costume: (20 points)
      • Effort, Time, Choices, and Props (10 points)
      • Construction / Alteration (5 points)
      • Authenticity or Originality (5 points)
  • 2.7) Safety/Cleanliness
    • 2.7.1) Devices such as flash bombs, any kind of pyrotechnic device, or any type of device that causes staining or a large scattering of objects are prohibited. Scattering of some objects is allowed, but the cleaning up of said objects will cut into your running time of no more than 2 minutes. Using fire and liquids on stage are prohibited. Smoke related special effects are prohibited.
  • 2.8) Permission is granted to ATOA to use any photographs/video taken as future promotion material for future events and dealings. Secondary Media coverage may be present at the event. All media captured by Secondary Media will be under their rules and regulations of fair media usage and not that of ATOA’s.


3) How to Register for the Contest

  • 3.1) There are two ways to enter the contest:
    • 3.1.1) Pre-register via the website using the Cosplay Signup Form. The form will ask you for basic information such as your name, contact information, the character and show you are performing, as well as a summary of your skit. For more information, please see the form found here.
      • A photo of your character/cosplay
      • Your first & last name
      • Your Email
      • Your Phone number
      • The character you are portraying
      • The series your character is from
      • Is this your first time entering a Cosplay Contest?
      • Did you construct the costume yourself?
      • A short summary of what you intend to do as your performance. If you do not intend to perform, and only wish to model your costume for the judges and audience, then please just note that you plan to do a "walk-on."
      • If you wish to participate as a group, please provide the details of your other members (each person’s name, character portrayed, series the character is from, and whether the costume was self-constructed). Note, if you are registering as part of a group, only 1 person from the team needs to complete the form.
      • If you have background music you would like to use during your performance, please upload the .mp3 in this form. Mp3s are the only acceptable format.
    • 3.1.2) You can also register on site. Please register at the Cosplay Registration desk on Saturday, February 21, between 9:00-12:00. We will be accepting on-site registration during this time.
    • 3.1.3) If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mandi Molloy at atoa_cosplay[at]asapa[dot]ca