Registration for the 2017 Costume Contest is now closed. A huge thanks to everyone who signed up! We apologize, but we cannot accommodate on-site registrations this year.



The contest will be held at a new location this year, the LEO RICH THEATER on the northeast end of the Convention Center. The contest starts Saturday, November 4 at 7:00PM. Please arrive to the contest no later than 6:30PM. See the map below for reference:

All contestants must be registered and attend pre-judging.  The location for 2017 pre-judging will be emailed to all contestants before the contest starts.



New for 2017, the Youth Costume Contest (for participants aged 15 and under) will be held at 2:00PM at the Leo Rich Theater on Saturday, November 4Click here for more details!



Contestants who have never won a prior contest, nor participated on stage at any contest at any previous convention.

Contestants who have entered 2 or fewer contests at any convention.

Contestants that have entered 2 or more costume contests at a previous convention.

Groups may enter the contest, but will be judged as a single entrant. The same prize that would have been won by one by a single entrant would be given to the group. Due to available stage space, groups are each limited to maximum of 5 participants.  



  • Each entrant will be allotted one minute (60 seconds) for their presentation. While there is no requirement to perform a skit, you are encouraged to walk on stage, strike a pose, and show the crowd your hard work!
  • The MC will announce your name, character, and a short comment about your costume, materials, time taken to construct said costume, etc. that you provided on your official entry form. This is your cue to walk on stage.
  • The MC will then repeat your name and character, which is your cue to exit the stage.



  • All participants must have a paid Tucson Comic-Con Membership Badge or Bracelet, valid for the day of the competition. Tucson Comic-Con staff are ineligible to compete.
  • 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 messes or any powder or chemical is to be left on stage or in the convention hall.
  • Contestants are responsible for any damage to convention property as a result of their actions during the contest.
  • Do not interact with or interrupt the MC. Do not make the MC a part of your show or performance.
  • If the name of your character, or source material is mispronounced by the MC, correcting the MC before leaving the stage is permitted before your character name and costume is repeated to the crowd.
  • If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints or physical disabilities, Tucson Comic-Con staff will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs.
  • Staff will not be available to help you set up or take down props. Extra time will not be allotted for set up, teardown or elaborate performances. Please plan accordingly to fit your entire performance into the allotted time of one minute. Failure to abide by the allotted time limit may result in your performance being cut off at the MC’s discretion.
  • You may submit a music or audio file when registering online. Please be sure it is no longer than 60 seconds. Tucson Comic-Con staff is not responsible for editing music and audio files to fit the allotted time.
  • All costumes must abide by the official Tucson Comic-Con Costumes & Weapons Policy.

The rulings of contest judges are final and may not be contested. Good sportsmanship is required to participate.



Each winner will receive a Full Weekend Membership to Tucson Comic-Con 2018, plus amazing swag donated by our sponsors!


Any questions, comments or concerns? For all inquiries related to the Annual Costume Contest, please email Cosplay Coordinator, Dustin Dial at


The 2017 Tucson Comic-Con Costume Contest is hosted by: