Want to be a part of our Cosplay?

If you have purchased a ticket for AFW you can pre-register for Cosplay online. That is the only way to ensure a spot. We will take registrations at the convention until time slots are filled. All registration is on a first come first served basis, and must be accepted no later than 1 hour before show time. You must register even if you just want to walk the stage to show off and are not competing.


All cosplay events are open to all paid attendees of AFW. However we have limited time/space so please register early. Original costumes are allowed!

Time limits

Cosplay Fashion Show entries are limited to approximately 30 seconds of stage time. Sorry, but with so many entries and so little time, it will be fast paced and there is little time for photo ops while on stage. During rehearsal, those that are being juried will be given a number that you will wear on your costume (arm, torso, etc.) so the judges will know who you are.

Cosplay Skits

Each Skit entry is limited to 5 people max and 5 minutes. You are not required to use all that time, but if you go over 5 minutes you will be asked to leave the stage. Please take as little time as you can for setup.


Please remember this is a family friendly event. Do keep your costumes street-legal, and refrain from using bad language, rude gestures, or any racist, sexist, or demeaning remarks. KEEP IT CLEAN!

Costume guidelines

You must be able to walk a flight of stairs unimpaired in your costume, go through standard-sized doorways (at least sideways), and sit comfortably. If you feel yours is a special case, or have a question, e-mail the Coordinator. Also read rules for weapons – signs – panhandling.

Staying onstage

You must stay onstage throughout your presentation. Do not go out into the audience, hang over the stage side or even approach the stage side or stairs until leaving the stage at which time you will be directed where to go.


State law, Hotel rules and AFW’s general rules supercede cosplay rules. Remember, just because you are dressed as a princess, bad guy or all powerful doesn’t mean you are. Behave, or we will tell your mother.

Removal from competition

The cosplay Coordinator and AFW staff have the authority to remove anyone from the competition for reasons of taste, endangering self or others, violation of rules, or any reason seen fit. There will be no appeal.

Safety precautions

All realistic-looking firearms must have government safety orange visible. No real firearms are allowed on premises, also no metal weaponry. No harmful or potentially destructive materials or substances are allowed, including but not limited to fire-based effects (open flames, explosives, flash paper) silly string, paint, tobacco, powder, goo spraying out of dead daemon’s neck, no live animals, confetti, props that break into more than four pieces. During cosplay nothing should hit the floor. Cosplay Skits: Please no acrobatics, jumping on or off the stage, if two or more people are on the stage fighting please rehearse it before the convention and perform at 1/2 speed.


The number of entries may be limited if it is deemed necessary. We will not reserve you a spot if you have not registered nor shown up for rehearsals 1 hour prior to show time.

Judging and Awards


  • Juniors (age 9 and under)
  • Intermediate (age 10 and up)
  • Masters (you have won 3 or more and participated in 5 or more Cosplays)
  • Creativity
  • Accuracy
  • Craftsmanship
  • Best in Show
  • Just Show Off (you only want to walk the stage, not compete)

If you wish to be judged on Accuracy and/or Craftsmanship you must submit at least 2 photos of the character you are portraying and for Craftsmanship, 2 or more photos of YOU in the process of making your costume. You must turn these photos into the Cosplay table before rehearsal. We will need to have them for pre-judging that will take place during rehearsal. PLEASE BRING PRINTED PICTURES, NOT PHOTOS ON YOUR LAPTOPS OR CELL PHONES.


All winners will be announced at the closing ceremonies on Sunday. If you won’t be able to be there, please inform the Cosplay Coordinator and they can get in touch with you at a later date. This includes Fashion show and Skits.

The competition will be video taped and photographed by AFW staff for judging, archival, or promotional purposes. By entering, contestants give permission for their images to be recorded and used by AFW and Wolfmoon Productions LLC.