Shreve Con is proud to present the Cosplay Contest for December 2017!

Adult Pre-judging:
Smith Building, Room 108
Saturday December 10, 2016 @ 2:00PM

Adult Contest:
Smith Building, Kilpatrick Auditorium
Contest: Saturday December 10, 2016 @ 4:00PM

Kids Contest:
TBD

The Shreve Con Cosplay Contest is broken into two groups: Adults (ages 13 and older) and Kids (ages 12 and younger). Each contest has two categories that participants may compete in:
Best Costume (Adult) / Most Creative (Kids) – The ability to craft a costume
Best Performance (Adult) / Most Entertaining (Kids) – The ability to entertain on stage
In addition, one winner for each age bracket will be awarded top honors:
Best in Show (Adult) / Most Awesome (Kids) – The overall best entrant
There will also be Judge’s Choice Honorable Mentions.

Pre-judging will take place in room 108 of the Smith Building on Saturday at 2pm. All entrants must be at the pre-judging in order to qualify for the stage show.
While we make every effort to have the complete and final rules published, we may need to make adjustments or modifications to the rules at any time to improve the clarity of the rules or the operation of the cosplay events.
    

   

Judging Rules and Criteria

Costuming - Entries are judged on both the overall appearance of their cosplay, and the quality of the construction of the costume.

Purchased costumes and rented costumes may not compete in this category, but outfits do not need to be worn by the creator so long as the costume creator is present at the convention. The creator must be present during both the pre-judging and the stage show, and any prizes awarded will be given to the creator.
Contestants are encouraged to bring reference pictures and in-progress photographs to show the judges during the prejudging before the on-stage presentation.


If an outfit includes a combination of created and purchased items, any purchased pieces must be disclosed to the judges on your entry form. Judges will determine your eligibility, which generally requires that at least 75% of your costume has been created or altered in a significant enough of a manner. Judges have the exclusive ability to determine a costume’s eligibility in the Costuming category.


Novice-level entrants who received help from a relative or friend may still compete in the Costuming category, but they should have made most of the costume themselves. The helper does not need to be present, but the contestant must be honest with judges about the extent of the involvement anyone else had in the construction of their costume. Intermediate and Master level contestants are expected to make their costumes.

Performance - Entries are judged on their representation of a specific character or group of characters. In short, how knowledgeable they are about the character, and how well they present themselves in their cosplay.
Contestants are encouraged to bring reference pictures of their character, as the judges may not be familiar with all characters represented.

Purchased costumes and rental costumes may compete in this category.
There may not be microphones available for every member of a group.
Any and all music and/or skit audio must be pre-cut, pre-recorded and turned in (in MP3 format) on a USB Flash Drive at sign-up. Bringing back-ups is strongly encouraged to ensure you have working audio.
Please try to keep presentations no longer than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in duration, unless you have received prior permission from the Cosplay staff.
If your skit is affecting the flow of the program, or is running excessively long, we reserve the right to interrupt and end your performance.
If your skit is so interrupted, it will not disqualify you from winning any of the awards, unless you refuse to leave the stage.

   
 
Judging Rules and Criteria
Costuming - Entries are judged on both the overall appearance of their cosplay, and the quality of the construction of the costume.
Purchased costumes and rented costumes may not compete in this category, but outfits do not need to be worn by the creator so long as the costume creator is present at the convention. The creator must be present during both the pre-judging and the stage show, and any prizes awarded will be given to the creator.
Contestants are encouraged to bring reference pictures and in-progress photographs to show the judges during the prejudging before the on-stage presentation.
If an outfit includes a combination of created and purchased items, any purchased pieces must be disclosed to the judges on your entry form. Judges will determine your eligibility, which generally requires that at least 75% of your costume has been created or altered in a significant enough of a manner. Judges have the exclusive ability to determine a costume’s eligibility in the Costuming category.
Novice-level entrants who received help from a relative or friend may still compete in the Costuming category, but they should have made most of the costume themselves. The helper does not need to be present, but the contestant must be honest with judges about the extent of the involvement anyone else had in the construction of their costume. Intermediate and Master level contestants are expected to make their costumes.
Performance - Entries are judged on their representation of a specific character or group of characters. In short, how knowledgeable they are about the character, and how well they present themselves in their cosplay.
Contestants are encouraged to bring reference pictures of their character, as the judges may not be familiar with all characters represented.
Purchased costumes and rental costumes may compete in this category.
There may not be microphones available for every member of a group.
Any and all music and/or skit audio must be pre-cut, pre-recorded and turned in (in MP3 format) on a USB Flash Drive at sign-up. Bringing back-ups is strongly encouraged to ensure you have working audio.
Please try to keep presentations no longer than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in duration, unless you have received prior permission from the Cosplay staff.
If your skit is affecting the flow of the program, or is running excessively long, we reserve the right to interrupt and end your performance.
If your skit is so interrupted, it will not disqualify you from winning any of the awards, unless you refuse to leave the stage.
 
   
General Contest Rules

All Cosplay Contest participants must be registered attendees of the convention.
Cosplay Contest participants will be required to sign a liability release and a release for use of video and photo images.
Staff members are not eligible to win in any category, though they can earn honorable mentions.


All applications must be submitted before or during the time of pre-judging. Applications will be available throughout the day at the information booth, or may be picked up in the Pre-Judging location. THERE ARE NO ONLINE APPLICATIONS.


The first 75 adult applicants and the first 25 children applicants will be eligible to compete in the contest.
Pre-judging will occur on Saturday at 2:00pm in room 108 of the Smith Building. All contestants must show up for pre-judging to be eligible to win in a category. Contestants are not required to stay in the pre-judging area after they have been judged.


Check-in for the stage show is 3:30pm at the Kilpatrick Auditorium in the Smith Building. All contestants are to line-up in order based on their Entrant Number, assigned during Pre-Judging, at that time.


Contestants can only appear on stage one time, as either an Individual or as part of a Group. Due to the unpredictable size of groups, a prize for each member cannot be guaranteed.


All entrants have a required minimum of 30 seconds to be on stage in any competing category to allow the judges the time needed to complete their judging.


Shreve Con is a family-friendly environment and this event is rated PG-13. This means:
No blatant nudity or adult related content. “No costume” is not a costume.
No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes.
No political or religious statements while on stage.
Anyone who violates the PG-13 rating may be disqualified from the competition.

All prop weapons must conform to the Shreve Con Weapons Policy. This means:
All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded.
No projectiles are allowed. Nothing must leave your person while you are on the stage, including and not limited to: water, silly-string, foam darts, Ping-Pong balls, glitter, etc.
Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times.
Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.
Illegal weapons of any kind are not allowed.

Entries with electric power requirements need to be self-contained. There will be no access to electrical outlets on stage.
Entries that could potentially damage the facilities, other participants or the wearer will not be allowed, including:

Live animals
Substances which might damage or soil
Aerosol sprays
Projectiles of any kind.
Pyrotechnics, including but not limited to: fire, flash powder, explosives, smoke bombs or fireworks.
Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help. Geek Fair will not be able to provide assistants.
The Cosplay Director has the right to eliminate any entry from the competition on the basis of taste, danger to the venue or attendees, violation of any of the above rules, or any other reason deemed sufficient.
 
Recommendations
Be open with the Cosplay Judges during pre-judging. This is your chance to impress them! Questions asked by the judges are intended to help them understand your character/costume/performance.
Come prepared with your chosen music/audio in MP3 format on a USB flash drive. Good music can make all the difference while on stage!
Surprise the audience, not the Cosplay staff. If you are planning something completely different, let us know well in advance. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Let us know well before the contest starts if there are any last minute changes to your performance after pre-judging is completed.
Youth participants (ages 13 and under) can be accompanied by a parent/guardian (they must have a Geek Fair badge) as needed.
Remember to relax and have fun!
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Cosplay Director Jason McKay at shrakakoom@gmail.com.