How it works
The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay is a celebration of all pop culture. It is a craftsmanship award show with a pre-judging session and a stage display. All entries must represent a character or element from the pop culture realm within one of the following 5 categories:
- Comic Books – Examples include: Superman, Spider-Man, Poison Ivy, Dr. Doom, Rogue, etc.
- Movies & Television – Examples include: Darth Vader, Doctor Who, Rick Grimes, The Terminator, Daenerys Targaryen, Hit-Girl, etc.
- Video Games – Examples include: Master Chief, Sarah Kerrigan, Booker DeWitt, Lara Croft, Link, Samus Aran, etc.
- Anime – Examples include: Ichigo Kurosaki, Mikasa Ackerman, Sheryl Nome, Captain Harlock, Eva-01, etc.
- Fantasy – Examples include: Witches, Princesses, Zombies, Pirates, Vampires, Steampunk, etc.
Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the C2E2 team – entrants may only enter one costume into the competition. If approved, those contestants will be contacted by the C2E2 team advancing on to the competition stage of the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay. Contestants will be judged solely on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. No store bought or professionally commissioned costumes will be eligible to enter.
Selected contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship at C2E2 off stage and then battle it out on the Main Stage for first place in their respective categories. Those first place winners will then move on to the Crown Championship round to win cash prizes and ultimate bragging rights as the C2E2 Crown Champion of Cosplay.
Contestants will provide C2E2 with a brief costume description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed as pre-selected music will play throughout the event. The time limit per participant on stage is approximately one minute.
Space in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay is limited and entry will be based on each applicant’s form and picture. There are no group entries allowed.
Prizes will be awarded based on judge rankings in each of the following categories: Comic Books, Movie & Television, Video Games, Anime and Fantasy. First, Second and Thrid place prizes will be award in each category based on the judges scores. Please note: these are the categories currently planned, but C2E2 reserves the right to adjust the categories based on entries received.
Best in Category:
A winner will be selected from each category based upon the judges’ score in that category.
The winners from each category will compete in the final Crown Championship round. The overall Crown Championship will be awarded to the costume that is considered to be the “Best in Show” based on the scores given by the judges. Every category is eligible for this award.
Prizes will be broken down as follows.
- First Place Overall - $5,000 & the C2E2 Crown Championship of Cosplay Title
- Second Place Overall - $2,500
- Third Place Overall - $1,000
The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay Rules:
Participants in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay must adhere to the following:
- Pre-fabricated, store-bought and professionally commissioned costumes cannot compete in the Cosplay Contest. All costumes must be made by the wearer. Store-bought elements can be incorporated into costumes, but the full costumes cannot have been purchased or rented.
- All contestants are responsible for all expenses related to competing in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay including all lodging and travel to and from the convention center. All contestants must also have a valid C2E2 Badge for the day of the contest.
- A contestant may participate in The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay only once. Applicants may not register multiple times with multiple costumes. A contestant can only enter once and only wear one costume.
- Group costumes are not allowed.
- Entrants must provide a written description that the emcee will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours or anything that might impress the judges and Fans. This description is limited to 150 words. C2E2 reserves the right to edit introduction material for time and content.
- All contestants must check in for craftsmanship judging on the contest day. Failure to appear at check-in will result in disqualification. If accepted, C2E2 will notify you when and where the craftsmanship judging will take place. A valid C2E2 Badge is required at check-in. You must appear in your fully completed costume at the time of your check in. It is encouraged you bring printed visual reference for our judges, if available, for your character.
- To be judged for accuracy a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo on paper, can be turned in with your application. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.
- Electronic media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video device (i.e. iPods) to pre-judging. No skits are allowed on stage or during judging.
- No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
- No political or religious statements are allowed on stage or during judging. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
- Please refrain from wearing or using any substances that may potentially interfere with another participant's costume. If you are wearing body paint or make-up, please make sure it will not come in contact with others. Do not leave anything on stage that could damage the other costumes. Do not leave anything on stage at all.
- No nudity. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show. Gore, graphic violence or other objectionable elements may be grounds for disqualification as determined by the judges or C2E2 Staff.
- Contestants are responsible for their own belongings. We are unable to provide a secure area for personal items. We recommend bringing an assistant to help with belongings. A bag check area is available in McCormick Place.
- Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by Convention Management, C2E2 Staff or official costume judges for failure to observe any of these rules. All decisions made by the judges are final.
- All prop weapons must conform to the C2E2 Weapons Policy, which is as follows: The following items are generally forbidden at C2E2:
- Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
- Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
- Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
- Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
- Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
- Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
- Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
- Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
- Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas
- Aerosol mustard
Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips.
To register, fill out the form below by 11:59 PM CST on March 14. All entrants must already be registered for the convention in order to be eligible for the costume contest. A valid C2E2 Badge for the respective day of the contest will be required when you check in.
If you have any questions about the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, please contact Chris Malico.