Cosplay Contest Rules


  1. All participants need to have a valid badge for Newcon PDX 2016, and must read and agree to follow all Cosplay Contest rules. If one member of your group is found in violation of these rules (or the convention/hotel policies), the entire group is disqualified.
  2. By registering and participating in the Cosplay Contest, participants allow Newcon PDX to use their images for promotional purposes. This includes both photographs and video.
  3. Entry forms must be completed and turned in if you wish to compete. The e-mail address used for any/all electronic entries should be one that you check on a daily basis.
  4. All events are mandatory attendance. Neglecting to attend the pre-meeting, your tech rehearsal time slot, or the cosplay contest itself will result in disqualification. Craftsmanship judging time slots are the only optional event, and are assigned at the pre-meeting to participants who elect to have their craftsmanship judged. However, we understand that life happens. If you need to drop out, please let us know. Don’t just conveniently forget to show up.
  5. Participants electing to only do a “walk-on” entry (not performing a skit, but still having craftsmanship judged) are allowed 1 minute total onstage. Skits are allowed 3 minutes and 30 seconds total onstage. Going beyond these time limits will result in disqualification, except in cases where a disability or cumbersome costume requiring extra time to enter/exit is brought to the attention of staff.
  6. Please refrain from swearing, sexual contact, nudity, dangerous fight choreography, or any combination therein. Safe and well-rehearsed fight choreography is perfectly fine.
  7. Please do not bring messy substances like food, glitter, glue, or open containers of cream/liquid/powder makeup to the green room, for the safety of all costumes involved in the production.
  8. Participants must abide by hotel and convention policies while competing. Chief among these is peacebonding- if your prop is not peacebound, you may not bring it onstage. Masks are acceptable in the green room and onstage.
  9. All forms of media are welcome in our competition, but not all subject matters. Please check any racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, or other hateful things at the door. Violating this rule will result in being banned from all future Newcon PDX Cosplay Contests.
  10. Pre-recorded audio for skits is REQUIRED. Please include your group leader’s name and your entry title in the filename. We will not rip or play audio off of cell phones, MP3 players, or youtube. The only microphones allowed onstage are for the MCs. Do not ask us to bypass this rule, you will be denied.
  11. Craftsmanship and Skit judging are handled by completely separate panels of judges. As such, you must elect to have your craftsmanship judged when filling out your entry form. Individual participants may only appear once onstage, but you may “model” multiple costumes by putting other costumes on other participants within your group or in other groups.
  12. The secret word is ‘positive’, all lowercase. It’ll come in handy.
  13. If you elect to have craftsmanship judged, your costume may not be bought, rented, or commissioned in full. Parts such as wigs, shoes, and pants can be bought or commissioned, but at least 60% of your costume must be made yourself.
  14. Participants must compete at the highest skill division within their group for the entry type in question. If you compete at Journeyman Craftsmanship and you’re in a group with a Master Craftsmanship participant, surprise! You’re now a Master. Same goes for Skit participants. If you are Journeyman Skit and your partner is Master Craftsmanship, you do not need to compete at Master Skit unless other circumstances dictate as such.

Skill Divisions:


  • Novice Division is for first-time entrants with little or no sewing or acting experience.
  • If you’ve only finished two or three costumes on your own, this may be the craftsmanship division for you.
  • If you have little to no acting experience, this may be the skit division for you.


  • Journeyman Division is intended for entrants with a moderate amount of sewing and acting experience and at least two Novice Division awards.
  • If you’ve won fewer than three awards for Skits or Craftsmanship in the Journeyman Division, you should continue to compete in this division.
  • If you’ve won two or more awards in the Novice Division, we recommend that you move up to Journeyman.
  • If you’ve finished four or five costumes on your own, this may be the craftsmanship division for you.
  • If you have acting experience in local or high school theater, this may be the skit division for you.
  • Anyone who isn’t required to advance to the Master Division may compete in this division.
  • If you want to compete at this level, you may do so.


  • Master Division is for entrants with multiple awards and many years of sewing or acting experience, or anyone who sews or acts professionally.
  • If your main source of income is from sewing/propmaking on commission, or acting for film or stage, you must compete in this division.
  • If you’ve won three or more skit or craftsmanship awards in the Journeyman Division, you must compete as a Master.
  • If you have been placed in the Master Division at any other convention, you must compete in this division.
  • If you want to compete in this division, you may do so.