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. Entries due by September 17th by 9pm Central time.
  • 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. Entries due by September 17th by 9pm Central time.

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.
  • This years judges are ChinguCosplay and BBDesign Cosplay

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.

*Cosplay Contest Registration Form*