Cosplay rules


The Masquerade is a catwalk competition with prizes awarded according to a judging criteria outlined below.

Please also read our rules on weapons and props.

This competition is for ALL costumes, handmade, bought or altered.

There will be no pre-registration for this competition, please sign up at the Cosplay City Championship desk on the day of the event. When signing up please let us know if your costume is handmade by you.

The Masquerade will be split into several categories this year with prizes for all masquerade winners:

  • Best in Show (handmade)
  • Performance
  • Kids
  • Prizes

Masquerade will be split into several categories this year with prizes for all.

Best in show 1st place winner – £50 Cash + goodie bag / 2nd place runner up – goodie bag
General Masquerade 1st place winner – Goodie bag / 2nd place runner up – Goodie bag
Performance 1st place winner – Goodie bag
Kids Masquerade 1st place winner – Goodie bag

There will goodie bag prizes for 1st and 2nd for the overall Masquerade with an additional prize for the entry that the judges feel has the best stage presence/performance. There will also be goodie bag and cash prizes for 1st and 2nd for the Best in Show – Handmade and a separate kids category with goodie bag prize!

Judges decisions are final but cosplayers are more than welcome to ask for feedback from them. Prizes will be awarded after the masquerade. If the winners are not present, their prize will be held for them till they can collect it. Prizes cannot be collected by another individual on the winners behalf unless signed permission is given at the cosplay desk.


You must be at the Cosplay City Championship desk 30 minutes before the competition starts for an information brief and to be taken to the stage. Contestants will walk onto the stage to pose for no longer than 30 seconds and then leave the stage. We encourage you to be as flamboyant as possible during your time on stage. If you require a microphone for a short spoken performance then please let the Cosplay Desk know when you sign up. Please do not swear or use offensive language on stage, you risk being banned from future events if you do. Music will be provided by Cosplay City Championship

Please do not throw or fire any projectiles into crowd whilst on stage. This is dangerous and you risk being disqualified.


The competition is open to all ages but all entrants under 12 MUST have their form signed by a parent or guardian.

To enter you must have a valid ticket to the event.

Cosplayers can enter as individuals or groups. If you wish to go on stage as a group please make sure that members of your group hand in your entry forms at the same time so that they can be kept together.

Costumes may be purchased or hand-made – if it is handmade then please let us know.

Costumes are permitted from any form of popular media. This includes, but is not limited to, comic books, films and television, video games, anime and manga and tabletop gaming. We also allow original design creations such as genderbents and gijinkas.

Costumes are expected to conform to a certain level of decency as this is a family event. Costumes considered inappropriate will not be allowed to enter the Masquerade. If you are unsure if your costume is suitable, please email to discuss.

Have fun!

Judging criteria

Judging will be performed by a panel of up to 3 judges, including costumers and industry members.

Each judge will award a maximum of 15 points to each costume.

The criteria consists of:

5 points for accuracy and likeness – similarity to reference picture provided, therefore it is in your best interest to provide a good reference image. The judges will also look at how you have used makeup and wig-craft to create as good a likeness as possible.

5 points for craftsmanship – This will consider the overall complexity of the costume and any props as well as its neatness. Points will also be given for good use of makeup and hair. Any unusual materials or techniques will be rewarded with extra points.

5 points for stage presence – Your charisma on stage, poses and confidence.

Judges will use these points as a guideline when making their final decision. Points will not be revealed to anyone outside of the judging and organising panel, including the contestant in question.

Reference picture

You may provide a reference picture if you wish. It can be handed in on the morning of the competition as a printed A4 document, labelled with your name and the name of the character.

You may provide up to 2 sides of A4 containing your reference pictures. The larger and higher resolution, the easier it will be to judge.

Reference pictures will not be returned so ensure it is a printed sheet and not a book or poster.

Pre Judging

Pre-judging will not occur for the Masquerade.


You may be filmed or photographed during the Masquerade and Cosplay City Championship or its associates may wish to use your image.

By entering the competition you are agreeing to your image being used by Cosplay City Championship and affiliates for advertising and promotional purposes and any other reasonable purpose.

Masquerade Terms & Conditions:
1. Participants agree to take part and will be featured in marketing and publicity material forCosplay City Championship and affiliates as required, as well as external media viewable by the general public, including but not limited to newspapers, magazines and websites which may be out with the control of Cosplay City Championship.
2. Application forms and/or reference pictures cannot be returned under any circumstances. Evidence portfolios, however, will be returned provided they are collected on the day of the competition.
3. Personal information collected via the application form will be used for no purpose outside of the competition and will be destroyed after the event.
4. All personal information collected via the application form will be protected by Cosplay City Championship and will not be provided to any third party. Application forms will be destroyed once selection has been made and forms are no longer required.
5. Any application form found to contain false information will be removed from the selection process. Any cosplayer selected on the basis of false information will be forbidden to participate in the event and may be banned from future competitions.
6. Cosplay City Championship accepts no liability for any loss, damage, costs, expenses or claims suffered or incurred by any person as a consequence of any use of or inability to use this application process, the event website, or any related media content. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant and/or parents/guardian to confirm with Cosplay City Championship regarding any queries or questions they may have about application, selection and/or participation.