C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay

C2E2 Crown Championships Of Cosplay Rules

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.  Competitors will be evaluated on the below four skill categories for the competition.  100% of the cosplay will be assessed regardless of which category competitors select in the application.

Needlework – Cosplay constructed primarily through sewing, stitching, embroidery, etc.
Armor – Cosplay constructed primarily by molding and shaping its outer layers using acrylic, EVA foam, Worbla, Wonderflex, cardboard, etc.
FX – Cosplay that primarily features animatronics, optical effects, mechanical effects, special effects makeup, prosthetics, 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, accepted contestants will be contacted by the C2E2 Team and will advance on to the competition stage of the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay. Contestants will be judged on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. 60% of the costume must be made by the wearer. In addition, costumes must be at least 75% complete by the time of application.

Selected contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off-stage and then compete on the Main Stage. There will be three rounds of honors. The first two rounds comprise of the Local Competition while the third round consists of the Global Competition.

In the first round, we will award first, second and third place medals for the best cosplayers in each skill category (Needlework, Armor, FX and Larger than Life). In the second round, we will award the top three overall cosplayers regardless of whether or not a cosplayer placed first, second or third in the previous round of honors becoming the Crown Champion. In the third round, the Western Champion from Emerald City Comic Con and the Eastern Champion from New York Comic Con will battle against the C2E2 Crown Champion to determine the U.S. representative who will face off against the international cosplay champions. In the fourth round, the U.S. champion along with the international regional championships from Australia, China, Austria, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Korea and France will compete for the ultimate prize of being titled the Global 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.

C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay Prizes

Global Competition

  • Global Champion - $5,000 Cash
  • Runner Up - $2,000 Cash

Local Competition

  • First Place - $1,000 Cash
  • Second Place - $500 Cash
  • Third Place - $250 Cash

Category Awards

Prizes will be awarded based on judge rankings in each of the following categories: Needlework, Armor, and FX. 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’ cumulative scores in each category.

The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay Rules:

Participants in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay must adhere to the following rule.

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To register, fill out the form below by Sunday March 4th, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. A valid C2E2 Badge for Saturday will be required when you check in.


If you have any questions about the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, please contact Chris D’Lando.

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