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Thanks for your interest in the annual Midwest GameFest Cosplay Contest! Needless to say, cosplayers and gamers have a lot in common, and we seek to strengthen those bonds with our annual contest.

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We'll be opening sign-ups for the contest soon. Check back thus summer for details!

Note: We will be posting a map before the convention to help contestants figure out where everything will be and where they should go for event sign-ups and more!


Midwest GameFest is offering cash prizes in a number of categories as well as certificates for a number of other categories. If winners cannot be present to receive their award, the award and prize money will be mailed to them.

Cosplay Ribbons


Judges will be announced later thus summer, so check back soon!

Contest Rules

All cosplay contestants must follow our standard Cosplay Policy in addition to the following:


  • Contestants must have a weekend or Saturday badge in their name. These can be purchased at the event or online.
  • Contestants must submit a Contest Entry Form (available this summer).
  • Contestants must be 13 years or older to enter.
  • If under 16, contestants must have a legal guardian present.
  • If under 18, contestants must have parental permission to enter.
  • Cosplays can be from any genre: anime, books, comics, games, movies, etc.
  • Cosplays must pass the weapons check.


  • Cosplays will have a maximum of one minute on stage and runway.
  • Cosplays can contain no more than three (3) people per group unless approved by the judges.
  • Contestants must alert the cosplay judges beforehand if you are going to say or do anything out of the ordinary on stage.
  • Contestants may not make religious, political or any other demonstrations that could offend others.
  • Contestants must avoid danger to themselves of others. No throwing objects. No fire. No confetti. No fog machines. No Nerf bullets. No shooting or launching objects.

Stage Rules

  • When on stage contestants will use a three-point system for poses.
  • Contestants may not throw anything to the audience.
  • Contestants may not say or yell anything offensive.
  • Contestants must remove anything they take on stage with them.


  • Judges will be both male and female and will be experienced, well-rounded cosplay guests. Each will have years of experience to help judge fairly.
  • Judges highly recommended that contestants bring photos of their character as well as work-in-progress photos.
  • Cosplays will be judged on accuracy, craftsmanship, stage presence as well as other factors.
  • Judges will try to give feedback if requested. Feedback may be both negative (e.g. what could be worked on) and/or positive. They may even have some tips to help the contestant next time around.
  • Contestants will be split into either Beginner or Advanced categories based on skill level. If we have enough entered we may add an Intermediate category.

Note: The more entries we have, the more categories and awards will be available. This is so that the ratio of entries to awards stays the same and so that everyone has a fair chance to win an award.

Schedule for Cosplayers

  • Contestants will need to sign up or check in by 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
  • The contest will happen between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.. You will need to get there beforehand for practice.
  • Awards will happen after the cosplay contest.
  • Times
    • 5:00pm pre-judging at stage
    • 5:30pm-6:30pm contest
    • 6:30pm parade to Elements Ballroom
    • 7:00pm announce winners and award certs


  • Our cosplay staff has the right to disqualify anyone for any reason.
  • We reserve the right to add modify rules as necessary.


If you have any questions or concerns about your cosplay, email our Cosplay Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..