If you have a competitive streak consider entering the Annual El Paso Comic Con Costume Contest!

Please help us by doing your part in upholding a safe and welcoming environment for all cosplayers at El Paso Comic Con. Refer to Convention Policies & Codes of Conduct and Cosplay is Not Consent for more information.

Applications for the El Paso Comic Con Costume Contest will open on April 1, 2019 and will close on April 8, 2019 at 11:59pm.  All entries will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness.  Do NOT enter your costume for an incorrect category.  An accept/decline email will be sent to all entrants.

There will be no accompanying music due to ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC licensing.

The YOUTH category will go on stage first.  This category will be judged immediately after the last YOUTH category entrant has crossed the stage.  We don’t want to keep the kiddos up past their bed-time.  Costumes will be judged by a panel of cosplayers.

Costume Contest Entry Form


The contest will be held in the El Paso Convention Center Juarez Room on the 1st floor of the El Paso Convention Center on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 8:00PM.  Check in for contestants will begin at 7:00PM. Please arrive early for line-up and check in. By submitting an entry you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by all rules set forth BELOW:


All Costume Contest participants must have:

  • Submitted and received an approval for Costume Contest Application
  • A paid El Paso Comic Con membership badge or ticket for either the full event or day of the competition

Costumes will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Originality – how original is the costume
  • Creativity – how imaginative is the costume
  • Effort – how difficult was the costume to make
  • Crowd Reaction – how well did the audience react to the costume

If you are approved and find you are unable to participate in the costume contest please let us know.  All no-shows for the costume contest that do not give prior notice will be banned from participating in future El Paso Comic Con contests.


A standby list will be compiled during event check-in.  If there is a no-show in your category the first name on the standby list will be selected as a replacement. There will be no guarantee that standbys will be able to compete in the contest.

El Paso Comic Con staff are ineligible to compete.


Only a limited number of entries per each category will be accepted.

SUPERHERO: Characters from any comic book related source
SCI-FI: Characters from any science fiction related source
FANTASY / HISTORICAL: Characters fantasy genre or historical figures
YOUTH:  Contestants 12 years of age and under
ANIME: Characters from any anime source
GROUPS: Teams of two or more people (any genre)
HORROR:  Characters from any horror related source
GAME / MEDIA:  Characters from any game or media related source


  1. The MC will announce your name, character, and the description you gave for your entry as you’ve indicated on your entry form
  2. You’ll walk onto stage
  3. The MC will then repeat your name and character, which is your cue to exit the stage


  • Convention Costume, Props, & Weapons Policy applies to the contest
  • Each entrant can only present one costume, no multiple costume changes (entrants may enter one individual and part of one group)
  • Contest participant consents to the use of pictures taken during the contest by El Paso Comic Con for promotion of future events and contests
  • Judges rulings are final and cannot be contested
  • Good sportsmanship is required to participate
  • Groups consist of TWO OR MORE individuals and will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share


  • No Jumping off of the stage
  • No pyrotechnics, confetti, fireworks, smoke, or glitter bombs
  • No throwing items to the crowd, spraying the crowd with water guns, fake blood, or other liquids.
  • No mess or any powder or chemical is to be left on stage or in the convention hall
  • Contestants are responsible for any damages to convention property as a result of their actions during the contest
  • Do not interact with or interrupt the MC, do not make him part of your costume presentation
  • If the name of your character or source material is mispronounced, correcting the MC before leaving the stage is permitted before your character/costume is repeated to the crowd
  • If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints, staff will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs
  • No microphone allowed for use by participants


A winner will be selected from each category.  Those category winners will compete for Best of Show.  The awards are as follows:

  • Winner of each category will receive $50 Cash
  • Best of Show winner receives $ 500.00 Cash Prize
  • 2nd Place Overall receives $ 300.00 Cash Prize
  • 3rd Place overall receives $ 200.00 Cash Prize
  • Additional prizes, if any, will be announced at the event


While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require the rules or times be changed. Any changes will be noted in bold and all capitalization.

Click the link below to submit your entry


El Paso Comic Con Costume Contest Registration Form