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PeoriaCon® Cosplay Contest Rules and Regulations

We now have both a contest for best in show prize pool and a youth cosplay contest gift basket for our younger cosplayers. Our Cosplay Contest is a character creativity and design award show. Cosplayers will be judged for originality, craftsmanship & character personality. Themes could include, but are not limited to, superheroes, aliens, robots, anime, steampunk, and whatever else your imagination can come up with!


SHOW PRIZES (18 and Up)

·         Best Original Character ($50.00)

·         Best Craftsmanship ($50.00)

·         Judge's choice (can move to the Best of Show contest)


YOUTH DIVISION (Under age 18)

·         1st Prize (gift basket)

·         Runner-up (gift basket)



BEST OF SHOW (show prize of $200.00)

·         The best of show is comprised of the winners of the 

          Most In-Character/Best Likeness, Best Original Character, Best Craftsmanship,              and the Judge's choice. Audience participation will determine the winner of the

          Best of Show for a prize of $200.00 



  • There is no additional fee to participate in the cosplay contest But cosplayers must attend PeoriaCon®.

  • All minors must have a parental signature to register.

  • Cosplay Registration will be available at the photo booth near the entrance. It will be a clearly marked table where you will register your cosplay character for the contest.

  • Upon check-in/onsite registration, contestants will be given a number. This is your line up number. Line Up begins at a half an hour before your chosen contest. Contestant should be in the seminar area at this time. The check-in registration should be concluded within the start of the contest.

  • Please note that entry to our contest is strictly on a first come, first serve basis.  We reserve the right to cap the number of participants and to prejudge contestants to maintain our schedule.



  • To be in the Youth Cosplay Contest you must have permission from a legal guardian.

  • Contestants must stay for the duration of the contest and must be present to receive their prize.

  • No nudity.

  • No profanity. This includes messages on clothes.

  • No political or religious statements. This includes messages on clothes.

  • No poor sportsmanship, harassment, or bullying.

  • You must register your character name prior to registration close (15 minutes prior to Line Up).

  • Cosplayers must comply with the Cosplay Policy and have approval of their cosplay by the Cosplay Clerk.

  • All Props and Cosplay must not cause any safety issues.

  • Anyone who violates these rules will be disqualified from the competition and asked to leave the convention.

  • Vendors, building staff members, and volunteers of PeoriaCon® are not eligible for prizes.

Cosplay Q&A
  • Will there be a dressing room available?
    • No. It is best that you come already in costume​
  • Is there anything I should not wear?
    • Anything that might make people mistake you for a professional police officer, healthcare worker, soldier, fireman, and so on are prohibited and can get you ​removed from the event with no refund.
  • Is it alright if my costume is revealing?
    • This is a show that the whole family can attend. Wearing any cosplay that reveals more than what a bathing suit would cover or that would be classified as undergarments ​can get you ​removed from the event with no refund.
  • Is it alright that I have a prop that looks like a real weapon?
    • Bringing any object that can be misconstrued as a functional weapon can get you ​removed from the event with no refund. The Cosplay Clerk will have final say upon admission.
  • What type of props can I have?
    • Other than your costume itself, foam equipment is recommended.​
  • Where can I stop to have my picture taken?
    • Feel welcome to step outside of high traffic areas any time you would like to take a photograph.
  • Do I have to have my picture taken?
    • Although there are ​volunteers with the show that are taking photographs throughout the day you can ask to not have your picture taken.
  • Can I tell people not to take my picture?
    • PeoriaCon® can not guarantee​ you will not be photographed, but you can ask photographers to refrain.
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