Welcome to the rules for the brand new Supanova Cosplay Competition. Now, you’re here because you want to join in the fun, right? Awesome! We’re looking forward to it! But you will need to read all of the following rules. Breaking any of these rules may result in you not being in the competition. And we wouldn’t want that, right? If you have any questions after reading the rules, please contact Cosplay HQ via our contact page.
Now before the day of the competition arrives, there are a few things that you should do in advance. This is to ensure that you have as much of a stress free day as possible, as well as a smooth run in competing. Pre-registering will help in securing you a spot in the competition.
Pre-registration is the preferred method of registration for the Supanova Cosplay Competition as the majority of the competition will be filled by pre-registered cosplayers, with minimal exceptions for those on our on-the-day reserve list. We wouldn’t want you to miss out, so if you can, always pre-register.
You will need to fill out the online form found on the Competition Registration Page for the event you’re attending.
Please be aware that if you do not fill out the form correctly, you may not be registered, so be sure to read it VERY carefully. Remember that you can only enter a costume once during a weekend.
Pre-registrations for each tour generally open five weeks before the first event of a tour (April, June, November) and close two weeks before the first event, unless filled to capacity prior.
1.2 What categories can I win?
Our competition has various different prize categories, which will be decided upon by a panel of judges. These are:
- Best In Show – Awarded to the one entry in the competition which stands above all the rest! There’s no specific criteria for this award, so give it your all!
- Best Craftsmanship – Awarded for quality of costume, this is for those that are serious about their costume making!
- Most Creative – Awarded for thinking outside the box, whether it be with use of materials, the concept behind your costume, or just old fashioned ingenuity!
- Best Group – Awarded for both quality of costume and character portrayal within a group entry.
- Judges Award – Awarded for an act that the judges feel deserves recognition, but isn’t quite at the level of the other categories.
Anything that complies with our Cosplay Guidelines is acceptable.
If you have worn your costume for any other competition at any convention and have won an award, you will not be eligible to win any category in this competition.
If you are unsure if your costume will be ok, or if your costume is not from a published series (i.e. Original Characters), please contact Cosplay HQ via our contact page prior to entering.
We prefer it if you make your costume yourself, or if a bought costume has been significantly altered. As an example, buying individual pieces and altering/assembling them to create a costume is generally ok, however purchasing an entire costume to wear with zero alterations is not. Please contact Cosplay HQ via our contact page prior to entering.
As long as your props comply with our Weapons Policy, you won’t run into any issues.
Don’t be afraid to check your weapons or props in though, as you can take them out again to take photos or enter the competition. If you are still unsure if your weapons or props will be ok, please contact us.
So you’ve now completed your awesome costume, trekked from home to the con, finished the line ride, and you’re now ready to rock. Huzzah! Now what do you do?
You will need to make sure you head to the Cosplay HQ as soon as possible to complete your pre-registration for the day’s competition by checking in. This will make sure you have a spot in the competition. You will have to check in before 12 noon. If you arrive later than this time you will forfeit your spot and not be accepted into the competition. No Exceptions.
You will need to check in at Cosplay HQ on the day of the competition. Head over to Cosplay HQ (please check the event guide for the location) to line up, and the team will check you in and give you the details for marshalling.
Supanova recommends that cosplayers pre-register online (see section 1.1) in order to secure a spot in the competition.
There may be a limited amount of spots available on the day for additional entries into the competition. Please head to Cosplay HQ to add yourself onto our reserve list. Please note that this does NOT guarantee you a place in the competition. The team at Cosplay HQ will use the reserve list to fill these additional ‘on the day’ places if available, along with replacing any entrants that have dropped out or withdrawn from the competition in order of entries received.
The team at Cosplay HQ will display a list of reserve list entrants that have made it into the competition approximately one hour after registration closes at 12PM, along with further instructions regarding marshalling times and location, please listen to the instructions given by the team at Cosplay HQ.
Because you will hit someone. And that’s no fun. As you can imagine, the convention gets rather crowded, and any big or sharp weapons and props can potentially poke someone’s eye out, or do some damage one way or the other. We have a Weapons Policy and any large weapons or props will need to be checked in at the Weapons Check in desk.
Don’t worry though, as long as your props haven’t been declared as unable to be brought on site, you can check out your weapons at any time for photos or when it’s time for the competition. If you think about it, it’s better for you as you don’t have to carry around something huge and can enjoy the convention.
It’s time for the competition! There are a few things you should know to make your competition experience as enjoyable as possible.
You will be told when and where marshalling is when you check in at registration. Be sure to arrive for marshalling on-time, as no-showing will forfeit your place in the competition. When marshalling begins, please listen carefully to and co-operate with the marshal so you can be ordered quickly, and then you can chat with each other.
Since you will have your weapons and props, please make sure you don’t swing them around or poke anyone while waiting to get on stage. Supanova accepts no responsibility for any injuries you may sustain.
Please also make sure if you use any props to take them with you once you’re heading off the stage. Do not use anything that will create a mess on the stage that you can’t clean up swiftly.
3.3 What actually happens on-stage?
Once you’re marshalled backstage and our judges have had a chat to everybody, the show will begin!
You’ll proceed one at a time as our MC calls you up on stage, and depending on what you’ve selected in pre-registration our MC will either have a chat with you or read out the notes you’ve given us about your costume, then you’ll stand at the front of our stage and strike your best pose for the audience (and our photographers!), and exit on the opposite side of the stage and take a seat in a designated section of the Cosplay Theatre for the rest of the competition.
3.4 What am I being judged on?
There are a few categories that you can win, which you’ll find up in section 1.2. Please note that the judges’ decision is final. The judges do not need to disclose how they arrived at their decision. Although there are prizes to be won, please remember that everyone is here to have fun. Please remember to have fun yourself, and to not ruin anyone else’s time at the convention.
4 What if my costume is busted on the day?
Supanova has a Cosplay Repair Station which can be found at Cosplay HQ. Our skilled team is able to assess and repair your costume, give you quality advice, and get you out and ready for your photo shoots and onto the stage for the competition.
Content updated on March 1st, 2023.