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AnchorCon Cosplay Contest Rules


All contestants must be ticket-holding attendees of AnchorCon, and MUST pre-register prior to OR on the day of the contest.

Pre-registration can be done online or in person on the day of the Cosplay Contest before 11:00 am.

If you do not pre-register, you cannot compete in the contest.

Participants will receive a number upon registration in the order they are received, which will determine their placement in the contest presentation.

Master Builder and Novice Builder category participants must submit progress pictures of their registered cosplays either online prior to competition, or in person during pre-registration.

All contestants in the Walk-On, Novice Builder and Master Builder Cosplay contest category must be at least 13 years of age to compete.

Kids’ Category Cosplay must be aged newborn to 13 years old to compete. Age 13 as of the day of AC cannot compete in kids' category.

No live animals may be used on stage unless it is a service animal. The contest organizers must be notified beforehand during pre-registration if this is the case.

No power will be provided (power sockets, extension cords, batteries, etc. – no external power sources will be provided to contestants).

All contestants must be able to move onto and across the stage on their own in the cosplays, and operate them independently. No handlers are allowed on stage to help operate a cosplay. Accommodations will be made for any person with a disability who requires the use of wheelchairs, crutches or other supports, or an aide.

Cosplays must be worn for the duration of the cosplay contest.

For the safety of all participants, Cosplays and props MAY NOT contain active projectiles such as pop guns, air guns, fireworks, projectiles of glitter, confetti, water, flash paper, actual fire, bubbles, ribbons or smoke (real or artificial). Laser pointer sights on prop weapons are not permitted and must be turned off. Strobe lights are not permitted. Vapor emissions may be allowed if they are contained within the cosplay and not projected onto others. LED lights are allowed.

For the safety of all participants and entrants, no acrobatics, sexually suggestive dances or gestures, aggressively violent choreography or martial arts routines will be allowed.

AnchorCon reserves the right to remove contestants from the Cosplay Contest if necessary. Removal can occur under the following circumstances:

Unsportsmanlike/inappropriate conduct/behavior of the contestant is witnessed (i.e. bullying, sexual harassment, intimidation, etc.)

Violation of any other AnchorCon rules and policies. (See AnchorCon’s complete Harassment Policy for more information).

All decisions are final.

All entrants MUST attend the rehearsal prior to the actual contest. If you do not attend the rehearsal, you will not be allowed to participate in the competition. AnchorCon Cosplay Contest reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule.

For the safety of all participants No flash photography will be allowed during the contest, both in the audience and backstage. Please take all pictures either before, or after the contest. An on stage photo op time will be made available for the contest winners and participants.

Only registered contest participants are allowed backstage during the Novice Builder, Master Builder and Walk-on competition. ONE parent/guardian will be allowed backstage per registered child in the Kids’ category competition.

No food or drink will be allowed backstage.

Winners must be present at the awards presentation in order to receive any prizes won.

Finally, HAVE FUN and follow “Wheaton’s Law.”

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