Cosplay Rules

This is an open genre costume contest, meaning there are no
restrictions regarding the source material of a competing cosplay.

All entries are strongly encouraged to bring reference material for
their costume(s). While we will not turn away entries that do not
bring reference material, it is very helpful! Not all judges know all
characters, so reference material is in everyone’s best interest

 Cosplays being entered in the Adult, Youth, of Group categories
can be store‐bought, commissioned, or made by the contestant.

 Cosplays being entered in the Advanced category must meet ALL
of the following requirements:

  • Costumes need to be made or modified by the entrant.
  • Modifications will be assessed by our judges and
    must be at least 30% modified from original piece.
  • Commissioned costumes may only be entered if the
    creator of the costume is in attendance.
  • Store‐bought costumes are not allowed.
  • The following items are allowed to be store‐bought: wigs,
    belts, shoes, jewelry, accessories and props. Other items
    may be allowed at the judges’ discretion.

One costume entry per person.

The judges reserve the right to move a contestant from the Adult,
Youth or Group categories into the Advanced category at their

A parent or guardian must accompany all contestants in the Youth
category (age 14 or under) for both the pre‐judging and the
Cosplay Contest presentation.

Contestants may not enter a costume that has won an award
from any other convention. If you have a question about
exceptions to this rule, please contact us.

All costumes must abide by the rules of the Huntsville Comic and
Pop Expo Cosplay Policy and Weapons Policy. If a policy violation
is discovered by any of the convention staff or judges panel, that
entry will be disqualified.

All contestants MUST fill out and submit an entry form.

A valid convention badge will be required.

Special stage requests will be considered but cannot be
guaranteed. Requests should be submitted in writing along with
the entry form.

No contest entries will be accepted once pre‐judging has begun at

Contestants who do not appear in full costume at pre‐judging will
be disqualified from the contest.

The following winners will be selected to receive awards:

  • A single winner will be selected for the Adult, Youth and
    Group categories
  • A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner will be selected for the
    Advanced category
  • A Judge’s Choice award will be given out by each judge
  • A Best Prop award will be given to a contestant upon which all the judges agree

All decisions made by the judges are final. All prizes will be
awarded at the conclusion of the contest.

Any prize not claimed by the conclusion of Huntsville Comic and
Pop Expo (Sunday, February 25 at 5:00pm) will be forfeited.

Any item or activity that presents the possibility of damage to the
entrants, their costumes, the audience, or the facility is

Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by Huntsville
Comic and Pop Expo Staff for failure to observe any of these rules.