Crown Championships of Cosplay

How It Works

The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER, is the final stop of the ReedPOP Global Championships of Cosplay competition series. It is a celebration of all pop culture that focuses on craftsmanship and includes competitors from all over the world hoping to be crowned the Global Champion of Cosplay. The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER, takes place on our main stage and includes a pre-judging session with all competitors earlier in the day. C2E2 regional competitors will compete against each other and the winner advances to the US championships portion of the competition. A final US champion will then advance into the Crown Championship round to compete again regional champions from all over the world. All entries for the C2E2 regional qualifier must represent a character or element from the pop culture realm. Competitors will be evaluated on the quality and craftsmanship of their costume within the three skill categories below for the competition. 100% of the cosplay entries will be assessed regardless of which category competitors select in the application and overall winners will be chosen from all categories.

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 and additional cosplay experts. Competitors may only enter one costume into the competition and group costumes are not permitted. If approved, accepted contestants will be contacted by the C2E2 Team and will advance on to the regional competition stage of the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER,. Contestants will be judged on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. 60% or more of the costume must be made by the person wearing the costume. In addition, all costumes must be at least 75% complete at the time the contestant applies to enter the competition. High quality photos of the costume are required to be considered for entry.

Contestants selected for the competition will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off-stage earlier in the day and then compete on the C2E2 Main Stage in the evening. There will be three rounds of competition at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER. The first two rounds are made up of the C2E2 Regional Competition and the United States Championship while the third round consists of the final 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, and FX). 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 reigning champions from Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con and Keystone 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, the United Kingdom, South Africa and France will compete for the ultimate prize of being titled the Global Champion of Cosplay.

All contestants must provide C2E2 with a brief description of their costume for the main stage emcee to read as they cross the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting the stage. 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, presented by SINGER, is very limited and all entries will be evaluated based on each applicant’s completed entry form, details and high quality picture of their costume. There are no group entries allowed.

C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER, Prizes

Global Competition

  • Global Champion - $5,000 Cash
  • Runner Up - $2,000 Cash
  • Third Place - $1,000 Cash

C2E2 Regional Competition

  • First Place - $1,000 Cash and VIP badges to C2E2 2020
  • Second Place - $500 Cash and 3-Day badges to C2E2 2020
  • Third Place - $250 Cash and 3-Day badges to C2E2 2020
  • Fourth Place – 3-Day badges to C2E2 2020

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 Awards:

A winner will be selected from each category based upon the judges’ cumulative scores in each category.

Enter the competition

To apply for entry to the competition, please fill out the form below by Sunday February 22nd, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST. A valid C2E2 Badge for Saturday March 23rd, 2019 will be required for all approved competitors and handlers when you check in. You will not be allowed in the building to compete without a valid badge for C2E2.

The Rules:

All participants in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER, must adhere to the following rules:

  • All selected contestants are responsible for all expenses related to competing in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER, including all lodging and travel to and from the convention center.  All contestants must have a valid badge for Saturday at C2E2. If you do not have a Saturday badge and are accepted into the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER, C2E2 can offer one competitor and one handler the opportunity to purchase one C2E2 Saturday badge each to participate in the competition.
  • Applicants can only enter once and only wear one costume per competition. Applicants may not register multiple times with multiple costumes per show year. Regional champions may not enter another regional competition in the same show year.
  • 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 100 words. C2E2 reserves the right to edit introduction material for time and content.
  • All accepted contestants must check-in for craftsmanship judging in the early afternoon of 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. Information will be provided to you closer to the competition. You must appear in costume at the time of your check-in.
  • To be judged for accuracy as a visual reference, please bring a reference color photo of the character you are cosplaying when you arrive for onsite check-in. 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. ipad or iphone) to pre-judging. No skits are allowed on stage or during judging.
  • No profanity, political or religious statements are allowed on stage including messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
  • Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous or any particular political agenda or message.
  • Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group.
  • Costume cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about C2E2 or its products, or other people, products or companies.
  • Costume cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which C2E2 wishes to associate.
  • Costume cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.
  • No pyrotechnics will be allowed including but not limited to: fire, flash powder, explosives, smoke bombs or fireworks.
  • 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 bring anything on stage that could damage the other costumes. Do not leave anything on stage before or after the competition.
  • No nudity. All costumes should provide enough coverage that’s 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. C2E2 reserves the right to decide what is considered appropriate for the show’s audience.
  • 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.
  • Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by C2E2 for failure to observe any of these rules. All decisions made by the judges are final.
  • Pre-fabricated, store-bought costumes cannot compete in the competition. All costumes must be made by the wearer. A portion of the costume (such as leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased, finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume must have been constructed by the creator of the costume.  If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the competition, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed.  Unaltered, store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a character or “costume” are NOT allowed.
  • No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.
  • Wings, large props or large costumes are approved, but if your costume is over 8 feet tall, or 3 feet wide you may not fit through the doors or up the stage ramp.  If possible, make wings and other parts associated with your costume detachable. We have no limit on the size of costumes or props, but ask that you be safe and aware while on stage. C2E2 staff may, at its sole discretion, require you to not take the stage during the competition and will make best efforts to provide you with space close to the front of the stage to showcase your costume during the competition. You will be responsible for ALL damage to the stage, lighting, technical aspects or any convention property. 
  • All entrants must be 16 years of age or older to compete.
  • All participants who make it to prejudging will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the contest.
  • Your costume must allow movement with limited assistance.  Your costume must not impede your ability to get on and off stage.  Furthermore, your costume cannot be built on stage.
  • Any prize won by an eligible entrant who is a minor will be awarded to the minor’s parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return any required documents. Receiving the prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules.
  • Release: By accepting a prize, each Winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (if any), and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents; from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
  • C2E2 reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond C2E2’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. C2E2 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, C2E2 reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. C2E2’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  • Limitations of Liability: C2E2 is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.  If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, if it is possible. If the Contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize offered herein.
  • The judge’s decision is final and will be subject to independent audit review.
  • All attendees entering the event will be reviewed for any props that resemble a weapon and this item will be tagged once deemed safe to the public. All other items deemed unsafe will be confiscated by Show Management.
  • Remember to have fun, and always be respectful, courteous and encouraging to everyone participating in the competition.


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

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