Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest Info

It’s no secret that cosplaying is a core part of a great convention, so of course we at Anime Fargo are more than happy to host a cosplay contest for all of our registrants!  Please see below for information about this year’s cosplay contest as well as general guidelines for the contest. It’s also a good idea to check out our Cosplay/Weapons Policy prior to the convention.

NOTE:  The information below is subject to change and will be updated as soon as we know more! If you have questions after reading through the entire information/policies/FAQ, please email us at or contact us via our Facebook page.

Anime Fargo Cosplay Contest Information and Policies

  • Sign Up: Sign Up and Liability Forms will be available on line. A costume or uniform recreating or resembling any local, state, or federal law enforcement will not be allowed. If you cannot provide proof that you are a law enforcement officer you will be asked to change.
  • Skits: If performing a skit or using music please keep it under 2 1/2 minutes long. You are responsible for any copyrights.
  • Workmanship Judging: If you are submitting a skit please also consider submitting photographs for Workmanship judging. Front, back, and side are ideal. Any close ups of particular details is also encouraged. Submitting a video of you describing your costume for the Workmanship judges is encouraged even though it won’t be shown online. Workmanship judging is optional, but strongly encouraged!


  • Best Prop
  • Best Novice
  • Runner Up Novice
  • Best Journeyman Class
  • Runner up Journeyman Class
  • Best Master Class
  • Runner up Master Class
  • Best Representation of Theme*

Awards for Novice, Journeyman, and Master are only eligible to those participating in Workmanship Judging.

*Best Representation of Theme is eligible to all participants.

Register Online

Please register at the bottom of this page. Online Deadline – Sept 2, 2023 by 5pm CST In person sign up can be done Friday after 6 PM until 9 PM for sign ups – as well as Saturday morning until 9:45 AM.

Cosplay Contest FAQ

Are group entries allowed?

  • Yes, please keep in mind that each individual will be judged on their Cosplay and not as a group.

Are skits allowed?

  • Yes! The time limit is 2 1/2 minutes.

I’m not sure if I’m novice, journeyman, or master. What do I pick?

  • When in doubt pick Novice. If your skills are higher than that our Judges will move you to the level they feel you fit in best.

What is Workmanship Judging?

  • Workmanship judging will be performed by our Cosplay contest coordinator and guest Cosplay Judges. They consider overall look, difficulty of build, and details of craftsmanship.

Can I enter with the same costume I’ve used in previous years?

  • Yes, but you’ll be asked how you’ve changed or improved your costume. In this case, progress photos would be strongly encouraged.

Are there prizes for winning? What are they?

  • Yes. The best of in each class will win free registration to next year’s convention. Any other prizes TBA.

How many photos can I enter?

  • 10 photos (which includes videos) are allowed. Please include 1 video (if you can) explaining your costume idea and production for the workmanship judges.

Will my photos be displayed on the internet?

  • Yes your costume photos will be online.

Stay tuned to our social media pages. We will alert you when

Cosplay Contest application registration is open for 2023.


*Cosplay Contest Registration Form*