Cosplay Contest Rules

Categories, Criteria, and Rules of Entry Remember to Pre-Register for the Con

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Main Events Auditorium

Pre-Judging walk in window: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM in Room 219 (SSB)

Inclusion Statement

FreeCon and its staff strongly uphold the standards of FSU’s non-discrimination policies, which hold that we will not deny any applicant by reason of race, gender, age, orientation, disability status, or religious beliefs. Additionally, FreeCon upholds the standards of diversity in cosplay as an art, wherein the costume itself is judged without regard to body type, skin color, perceived sex, or race.

Rules of Entry

  1. Costumes must be at least 50% homemade; judges will examine the craftsmanship of the costumes via interview and craftsmanship criteria.
  2. If a contestant is modelling a costume, the original creator(s) must be attending the convention as well and they will be the award recipient.
  3. Group entrees will be allowed to a maximum of 10 people (Minimum 2 people to be considered a group).
  4. Entrees may only receive one title/prize each, no double winning.
  5. Costumes must cover at least the swimsuit area. The contest is for all ages/PG-13 and inappropriate costumes will not be allowed.
  6. You MUST go to prejudging to be eligible for entry. No at-the-door admission.
  7. No skits will be permitted. When on stage the entree will pose for audience pictures briefly, then walk off stage.
  8. “Light props” are permitted, which means props that aren’t a weapon, such as flowers, a skateboard, or a fan. Staffs, lightsabers, and bats are all considered weapons. It’s your responsibility to contact us about whether your prop qualifies or not.1
  9. No body paint, glitter, confetti, or fake blood (fake blood & paint on the face are the only exceptions). You may also be denied entry to the convention if you use these.2
  10. Junior entries apply to those 12 years old or younger (there are no age restriction for entry otherwise).

1 Registration will be checking for all of these items at the door, if a guest has a prop weapon it will be safety taped/peace tied and held by admission staff. Contestants will NOT be permitted to bring any of these items to be prejudged or on stage. Entrees who disobey these rules will not be eligible for entry/disqualified, per convention regulations.

2 Registration will be checking for all of these at the door, if a guest has body paint, glitter, or fake blood outside the exception they will be asked or directed to the nearest restroom to wash off.

Pre-Registration Requirements

  1. Follow all “Rules of Entry”.
  2. Must fill out sign-in sheet provided at prejudging.
  3. Must be able to participate in an interview in costume.

Note: If you are disabled and use a wheelchair, we are able to accommodate you.


  • Weapons: *** NO WEAPONS ALLOWED ***
  • This applies to every attendee and guest, for the duration of the convention, within the entire event space. If you are unsure of the permissibility of your prop, shoot us an email.
  • Glitter: NO GLITTER ALLOWED! It is prohibited by the university.
  • Body Paint: NO BODY PAINT ALLOWED! It is prohibited by the university. Face paint is the only exception.
  • Fake Blood: NO FAKE BLOOD ALLOWED! It is prohibited by the university. Fake blood applied to the face is the only exception.

FreeCon is obligated to follow all FSU policy due to their campus being used to host the convention.

Winner Titles

  • Honorable Mention
  • Judge's Choice
  • Best Junior Cosplay
  • Best Group Cosplay
  • Runner-Up
  • Best in Show