CSUF Titan Con is having another cosplay contest, sponsored by Epic Cosplay Wigs! It is a craftsmanship and performance award show, showcasing groups and individuals and their dedication to cosplay. The contest will be held in the New TSU at the Titan Stairs. Check the panel schedule for updates!

If you would like to participate in the contest, please click here to fill out our Cosplay Contest application.

Cosplay Contest General Rules (subject to change without notice)

In order to be eligible for the contest, all contestants must be registered as an attendee and adhere to both CSUF Titan Con's Code of Conduct and Props Weapons Policy. Violators will be disqualified and may be removed from the event. Contestants must also adhere to the cosplay contest rules. The rules are as follows:

  1. All contestants must be registered for the convention, and have their wristbands clearly displayed at all times.

  2. All contestants must follow the guidance and instructions of all Titan Con Staff and comply with the rules and Code of Conduct of Titan Con and California State Fullerton University.

  3. This is a public convention with family friendly content, all costumes must comply with our PG-13 rating. No nudity or cosplay that are derived from “Adult Content” sources will be allowed in the contest. If your costume is determined to be inappropriate for children, or overtly sexual in nature, you will be asked to cover the offending portion before participating in the contest. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and possible ejection from the convention.

  4. Use of flash powder, lasers, electrical flashes, glitter, dust, vapor, smoke, or fog are strictly prohibited, and will result in disqualification and expulsion from the convention.

  5. No cell phone use is permitted by contestants during the contest.

  6. A cosplayer can only enter in the contest with one costume. Transforming costumes count as one costume.

  7. Each cosplayer may only appear on stage once.

  8. There will not be any personal interactions with the audience, MC, or judges during the on stage presentation.

  9. Please bring reference pictures of your character(s) along with pictures of your work in progress to the prejudging, highly recommended.

  10. Titan Con is not responsible for keeping track of your possessions, and will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

  11. This contest is causal in nature and intended as a showcase of Student Pop Culture and entertainment.

  12. Although this is a competition, we ask all contestants to be polite, courtesy, respectful, and above all friendly with one another.

  13. Failure to follow these rules may result in disqualification from contest and or expulsion from convention.

  14. You will be disqualified if you are caught taking credit for work that is not your own. Please be considerate of other and fairness

  15. Electric Outlets will not be provided for costumes. Please make sure you have an appropriate power source, if needed.

  16. You will have only have 1 min-max on stage for your walk on or minor presentation. (People usually get 2 mins max at masquerades usually)

Contest Divisions Description

There will be 3 competitive divisions in this competition: Novice (Beginner), Journeyman (Intermediate), and Master (Advanced). There will also be an Exhibition Division for those who want to display and showcase their cosplay, but do not wish to participate in the contest, be judged, or awarded.


Each competing division will have one winner, and one runner up who will be awarded prizes, donated by Epic Cosplay Wigs!


Exhibition: Any cosplayer may enter in the Exhibition Division.

  • The exhibition division is a presentation only division.

  • Exhibition entries are not judged and will not be awarded any prizes. This is a great chance to show off your cosplay and get some awesome photos.

  • You will have up to 1 minute to pose and showcase your cosplay on stage, before walking off for the next cosplayer to take stage.


 Novice:  A cosplayer who is competing for the very first time in any contest.

  • Professional cosplayers who profits by selling prints or autographs may not register as Novice.

  • No one who has a cosplayer profile on any social media account may register as Novice.

  • A cosplayer who has participated in a professional photo shoot cannot register as a Novice.


Journeyman: A cosplayer who may have competed in previous cosplay contests, but not won first place or any major awards.  


  • Professional cosplayers who profits by selling prints or autographs cannot register as Journeyman.


Master: A cosplayer who may has competed in any previous cosplay contest and won first place or a major award.

  • Professional and reputable cosplayers welcome!

  • Not recommended for inexperienced cosplayers.

Pre-Judging and Check-In Guidelines

  • You must check-in to participate in the showcase.

  • All props must be peace bonded and safety checked before arriving at Check-in.

  • All participants will need to register online for the contest before check-in closes at 3:00 pm. No late registrations will be accepted.

  • All contestants must Check-in before being prejudged.

  • All cosplayers competing must be prejudged before participating in the contest.

  • Pre-Judging for all contestants will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 3:00 PM

  • Pre-Judging will take place at the designated cosplay contest zone.

  • All members of a group must be present in order to check-in for the Exhibition.

  • All participants will be given a calling number based on a first come first serve basis at check-in.

  • Check in will be conducted by independent Titan Con Staff.

  • Pre-Judging will be conducted by our Contest Judges.  

  • Failure to check-in and be prejudged will result in disqualification.

  • Check in closes at 3:00 PM


  • The Cosplay Contest begins with the exhibition division at 5:30 PM

  • Cosplayers will appear on stage according to roll call assigned during check-in

  • The Exhibition division participants will have one minute to walk on stage, introduce themselves and strike poses. They must then yield the stage to the next cosplayer and so on.

  • Once all of the Exhibition participants have presented, the Novice division will commence, followed by the Journeyman Division , and ending with the Masters.

  • Competitors will have one minute to walk on stage and Present themselves as best possible. This includes introducing themselves, striking poses, speaking character phrases, and overall impressing the Judges and Audience.

  • Once all contestants have presented the Judges will tally up their scores, and the winners with the highest scores will be announced at the end of the contest, between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM


All contestants will be judged on 4 criteria on a score of 1 to 10, 5 being average, 10 being the highest possible score, 1 being the lowest possible score.


  • Accuracy:  Based on how close the costume is to that of the character it is based on. More points will be awarded for attention to detail in the costume, such as use of props, and less points will be awarded for costumes that do not follow the original character design.  


  • Craftsmanship: Based on the general quality of the costume and its pieces. More points will be awarded for effort in making the costume or its pieces, less if they were bought and unmodified.


  • Originality: Based on how unique and special the costume is. Higher points will be awarded to costumes that are out of the box, and one of a kind, lower points will be awarded to costumes that lack creativity or are uninspired.

  • Presentation: Based on how well the cosplayer presents their character on stage in front of the live audience, independent of the costume itself. Higher points will be awarded to contestants who voice, pose, gesture, and overall act out their characters on stage, and fewer points will be awarded to those who make little to no effort in presenting their character.

Judging Guidelines

  • Judges will not base their decisions on personal interests or bias.

  • This is both a prejudged and live judging cosplay contest.

  • Judges scores will be kept secret from each other and based on their own personal sole discretion.

  • Judges may not discuss their scores with anyone before or during the contest.

  • In an effort to save time, questions will only be asked during pre-judging. No questions will be asked during the on stage portion of the contest.

  • Craftsmanship, accuracy, and originality will be judged during prejudging. Only presentation will be judged on stage.

Award Guidelines

  • There will be two awards for each division: Winner, and Runner Up.

  • Winners and Runner Ups will be Awarded at the end of the contest and each will receive a prized certificate donated by Epic Cosplay Wigs.

  • Winners will be announced at Closing Ceremonies, between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM

Group Entry Guidelines

  1. A group of cosplayers may only participate in the Exhibition division.

  2. Each entry is limited to a maximum of 10 cosplayers per group. Aids, escorts, and stage ninjas do not count towards the group maximum but should not outnumber the group entry. No more than a total 12 people will be allowed on stage.

Costume Rules and Safety Guidelines

  1. All props must conform to Weapons Policy & Code of Conduct. Limited exceptions can be provided in extreme cases such as large mechas, multi-person costumes, or excessively large props. This will be on a cases by case basis, and dealt with at Check in.

  2. Costumes should be self-contained and self-sufficient. Connections to electrical sockets will not be available, and are not allowed. Please secure your own escort if you have a bulky costumes that might require aid to move or see. We will do our best to make sure every contestant appears on stage. If the costume is bulky, please be aware that we may not be able to get the contestant on the elevated stage. Stairs are provided for ease of use. People with disabilities or those who cannot access the stage will be allowed to present off of and in front of the stage. Please request this at Check in.

  3. Any prop weapon that is not permitted in the convention will not be permitted on stage. The permitted props will be given the same conditions when it was peace bonded.

  4. All props that will be carried on to the stage must be approved before contest begins at Check in.

  5. No projectile props, nor throwing props will be allowed.

  6. No Prop Ninja stars, playing cards, arrows, or balls etc. may be thrown, tossed, or juggled.

  7. Props may only be held in place or SLOWLY and SAFELY swung when striking poses.

  8. Items such as glitter, confetti, dripping fake blood/liquids, etc. are prohibited. Anything that will take need time to be picked or clean up is prohibited.

  9. All props must remain held in at least one hand at all times. Props may not be dropped suddenly or slammed onto the ground.

  10. No Stunts may be performed, including but not limited to: rolls, flips, hand sands, tumbles, spriting on stage, Jumping or leaping, etc.    

  11. If any dangerous movements or actions are made, you will be disqualified on the spot without warning. The safety of everyone is our #1 priority.


Please email our cosplay department with any comments, questions, or concerns, at

Thank you, and good luck!  

Past Cosplay Contest Photos