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Cosplay Contest & Masquerade

General Information

Penti-con Cosplay Contest 2023
General Rules and Expectations

The following rules are for all our cosplay related contest content.

This year we have 2 different cosplay competitions:

  • Cosplay Contest for Construction 

  • Cosplay Masquerade for performance only


Construction participants cannot enter the Masquerade separately, as a walk-on performance is part of the Construction part to show off to the judges and the audience.


To enter any of the above contests these rules must be followed. By entering the contests you certify that you agree to the following and have read and understand the rules for the specific contest you are entering.


  • You must have a ticket for the Penti-con 2023 valid for the day of these contests (Saturday of the convention).


  • You must be 14 or older to compete in any of our Main Stage Cosplay events.


  • We do not allow sharp metal objects or previously functioning projectiles at our event for props.

    • If you are unsure if your prop is okay to bring, please email us.

    • All props and weapons will need to be Peace Bonded. By Peace Bonding your weapon you agree that you will not hit or hurt anyone with it. We will attach a tie to your prop to signify it has been peace bonded.

    • Our expanded prop policy can be found here:


  • You must bring everything off the stage that you came on with. Meaning confetti and glitter bombs, etc are not allowed.


  • Costumes that have been worn to any prior Penti-con Cosplay Contest will not be allowed.


  • Any costume that has won a major award (Top of category or division, Best in Show) at a larger convention will not be allowed in the constriction competition. Costumes that have been entered in larger competitions but have no major awards will be allowed.


  • Construction participants must have made at least 60% of their own costume to qualify. Please refer to the Construction information page for more details.


  • Masquerade participants can use bought costumes in this category, as this is solely performance based.


  • We have a strict no tolerance policy on changing your skin tone to be that of another human's skin tone. This is not allowed in any of our competitions and anyone found doing so will be disqualified immediately.

    • This ONLY applies to a real person's skin tone.

    • Changing your skin for fantasy races is completely fine so long as they do not have a skin tone of a real human.

      • Example: any character that has blue, pink, red, grey, etc coloured skin that does not emulate a real human's skin tone is allowed.


  • Custom music will be limited to 45 seconds or less and is to be submitted at the time of sign-up. Music MUST be cut to the time limit or below, or it will not be played, no exceptions. Audacity is a great free software to mix and cut audio.


If you have any questions please feel free to email our cosplay contest coordinator at and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.


Please check out the expanded rules below for entering the contests and related forms to do so by clicking the button related to the contest you wish to enter.


All cosplay events registration close on Oct 6th at midnight, unless available spots fill up before then. Be sure to submit early then for your best chance at getting a spot! You will receive an email the week of the convention with details of contest information and locations.

Ready to enter? Click your preferred contest!

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