The following rules are for the 2016 convention. Please check back for information for 2017!

Welcome Cosplayer!

Do you want to compete with the best of the best costumers at AWA? Enter our Cosplay Contest! For an idea of what you’ll need to be qualified please see below. Rules may be subject to change.

Entry Guidelines

  • A costume that has not won an award in competition may be entered in the AWA Costume Contest.
  • A costume that has won a major award may be entered under the following conditions:
    • At the director’s discretion (if the audience, judges, or competitors are significantly different)
    • The costume is entered as an exhibition costume
    • The competitor is willing to enter the costume in a more experienced skill division
  • Purchased or commissioned costumes may only be entered as exhibition costumes.
  • You must have constructed the majority of your costume.
  • Exhibition costumes will be presented at the Contest Presentation, but will not be eligible for awards.

Rules, Regulations and Guidelines

  • All awards presented are at the judges’ discretion.
  • Registration is on Friday and Saturday morning. We have a finite number of spaces available, so entry is limited.
  • All contestants must have a current membership to Anime Weekend Atlanta.
  • Public nudity is illegal in Georgia. Keep it clean – AWA is family-friendly.
  • Reference images will not be returned, so please don’t give us anything you want to keep.
  • Hand-drawn reference images are only allowed for Original Design entrants.
  • Fan art, however beautiful, is not an acceptable reference image.
  • Reference images need to be on paper—images on your phone or computer will not be accepted.
  • Reference images will not be returned, so please don’t give us anything you want to keep.
  • Costume judging is not open to the public. Only participants, handlers and parents of those in the Youth category may be present.
  • Children 15 years of age and under will be judged separately in the Youth category. Parents are required to accompany entrants in the Youth division.
  • Registration forms will be available on the AWA website, during the convention on Friday outside the Cosplay Gallery, and at judging Saturday morning until we run out of entry spaces.
  • Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh. His name is your secret word.
  • Bring the completed Costume Contest Registration form and your reference image(s) with you when you register.
  • If you are part of a group, use only one group registration form. If you need more space, use the back.
  • You must attend the judging session and Contest Presentation in the costume you’re entering.
  • Any personal items you bring to the Contest Presentation will go with you on stage. We do not hold personal items while you go on stage.
  • Judging is done by appointment. You will get your appointment time when you register.
  • If any contestant becomes unruly and disrupts or interferes with the Costume Contest at any time, they will be disqualified and asked to leave. If they continue to be disruptive, their convention badge and membership will be revoked and security will escort them from the premises.
  • Skits will not be accepted into the Costume Contest.
  • Only one entry per person. Competing in multiple groups is not allowed.
  • The AWA Costume Contewst encourages costumers of all skill levels to enter. Keeping this in mind, we will require any professional costumers who enter our contest to enter either the Masters category or the Exhibition category in recognition of your hard work for the whole convention to see.
  • A professional costumer is anyone who receives a significant portion of their income from costume design, construction, or sales.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out directly to the Cosplay Director at