Keystone Championships of Cosplay

How it Works

Join us for a fun-filled competition celebrating the talent, skill, and determination of the best cosplayers in the world. This is one stop of the ReedPOP Global Championships of Cosplay and it will feature the best cosplayers from the area competing for cash and prizes as well as a trip to Chicago to go against the best cosplayers from around the world at the 2019 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago – the final stop of the ReedPOP Global Championships of Cosplay.

How It Works

The Keystone Championships of Cosplay is a celebration of all pop culture. It is a craftsmanship award show with a pre-judging session and a stage display. All entries must represent a character or element from the pop culture realm. Competitors will be evaluated on the below three skill categories for the competition. 100% of the cosplay will be assessed regardless of which category competitors select in the application.

  • Needlework – Cosplay constructed primarily through sewing, stitching, embroidery, etc.
  • Armor – Cosplay constructed primarily by molding and shaping its outer layers using acrylic, EVA foam, Worbla, Wonderflex, cardboard, etc.
  • FX – Cosplay that primarily features animatronics, optical effects, mechanical effects, special effects makeup, prosthetics, etc.

Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the Keystone team – entrants may only enter one costume into the competition. If approved, accepted contestants will be contacted by the Keystone Team and will advance on to the competition stage of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay. Contestants will be judged on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. 60% of the costume must be made by the wearer. In addition, costumes must be at least 75% complete by the time of application.

Selected contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off-stage and then compete on the Main Stage. In the first round, we will award first, second and third place medals for the best cosplayers in each skill category (Needlework, Armor, and FX). In the second round, we will award the top three overall cosplayers regardless of whether or not a cosplayer placed first, second or third in the previous round of honors becoming the Champion. Contestants will provide Keystone with a brief costume description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed as pre-selected music will play throughout the event. The time limit per participant on stage is approximately one minute. Space in the Keystone Championships of Cosplay is limited and entry will be based on each applicant’s form and picture. There are no group entries allowed.


First Place

$500 Cash. Travel, lodging, and 2 VIP tickets to the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2.

  • First Place - $500 Cash. Travel, lodging, and 2 VIP tickets to the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2.


Prizes will be awarded based on judge rankings in each of the following categories: Needlework, Armor, and FX. Please note: these are the categories currently planned, but Keystone Comic Con reserves the right to adjust the categories based on entries received.


A winner will be selected from each category based upon the judges’ cumulative scores in each category.


To register, fill out the form below by Sunday August 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. A valid Keystone Comic Con Badge for Saturday will be required when you check in. To view all the Keystone Championships of Cosplay rules, click here.

Keystone Championship of Cosplay Application


If you have any questions about the Keystone Championships of Cosplay, please contact Jason Bissonnette.


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