1. The team entering will consist of two people and must be in costumes from the same series.

2. You can be 17 to enter, but you must have your 18th birthday on or before Feb. 14, 2013.

3. All United States citizens are eligible to enter. This includes citizens from the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

4. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, but not born here, you can still enter the US prelims. It is the official ruling from TVA since the 2010 prelims that if a participant has a valid permanent resident ID card and a passport, you may compete in the preliminary round.

* You may not participate in your home country and in the United States in the same competition year.

* You cannot compete or judge for any other country’s preliminary and be able to enter the United States prelims for the same competition year. You will need to pick one or the other. If you enter and subsequently lose at the preliminary or final round, and then enter another country’s preliminary, you are automatically disqualified from entering in the United States Preliminaries for the next competition year. Sanctions by the other country is at the discretion of that country’s governing body.

5. You can only participate in one qualifier per event year. If you enter a 2013 qualifying round and don’t win, you cannot enter again until the 2014 competition year begins. You are not region locked however, and can pick whichever round you would like to enter.

6. No costume or fashion industry professionals are allowed to participate in the competition. If you are unsure if you would be classified as a professional, please email me. If you are industry and wish to be a part of the event, please send an email.

7. Costumes and performance must be new. You may not use costumes or performances from any other event. This is to include the host conventions competitive cosplay events.

8. You should cooperate in a positive manner in order to ensure the success of the World Cosplay Summit. As a potential worldwide representative of WCS US and its community, I ask that everyone remain positive and respectful before, throughout, and after the preliminary rounds, and be supportive to all of the participants. Carry yourself as an ambassador to your country. Judges can take poor conduct into consideration.

* When you are asked to supply items for the performance or for further information when the organizer or staff asks for it, please send it in a timely manner and within deadline.

9. Previous winners for the United States may enter again, but with restrictions.

* The winning team for any given competition year may not enter in the next competition year. They will have to skip a year before being allowed to enter again in any round in the preliminary circuit.

* If you have been a judge for a United Sates Round in any given competition year, you may not enter in the next competition year. You must skip a year before being allowed to enter again in any round in the preliminary circuit.

* If one member of a team decides to compete again and not retire, the other member of the team cannot judge.

*These restrictions do not apply to the winners of the regional qualifying rounds, only to the winners of the national finals.

10. If your team disbands prior to the competition, and you did not pre-pick an alternate, you cannot enter with another partner with the same performance or costumes.

* If you opt in, and list an alternate on your resume, this person will be your partner throughout the rest of the team involvement during that competition year. You may not win with an alternate, and then switch back to the original partner.

11. If you need to cancel your entry from the event, you need to give at least 72 hours notice before the preliminary event begins. You will face possible exclusion from any WCS event you may want to enter for the next year if you do not. For example, if you sign up for a 2013 round, and do not show up without previously notifying me, you may not be able to participate in any part of the 2014 prelims. I stress the importance of this. Please be responsible.

* If an emergency or issue comes up for either craftsmanship or the ability to perform, let me know as soon as possible. I completely understand if certain circumstances keep you from being able to abide by this, but keep up on your contacts with me and let me know what’s going on.

12. Some information from your resume will be used for press (primarily cosplay alias, photos, experience, and why you love to cosplay). Your real name and all personal contact information will be kept private. If you want to use your real name for press as well as your cosplay alias, please notate in an email to me.

13. After the World Cosplay Summit Unites States Preliminary Rounds have finished, images/footage of cosplayers, photographs, programs broadcast, internet homepages, etc. come under the jurisdiction of the World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee, the World Cosplay Summit – United States Preliminaries, and the respective owners of the media taken. Compensation will not be furnished for such images used by the media.

14. If you are part of the winning team, you must have an active US Passport by June 15, 2013 if you do not have one already.


This portion of the resume needs to be completed by each member:

  • Full Legal Name:

  • Cosplay Alias:

  • Group Name: (If you don’t already have one, create one or the default that will be used are the two cosplay aliases)

  • Age:

  • Date of Birth:

  • Gender:

  • Home Address:

  • Contact Phone Number:

  • Contact E-mail: (Make sure this is your regular email address that you check. I will send all further emails for the event here.)

  • US Passport: (yes/no currently)

  • Costume and Series intended for the prelim round:

  • Cosplay Website (if applicable):

  • History of Major Costumes and Awards (include the conventions):

  • Include a few sentences about why you love to cosplay

  • Send four photos of your favorite costumes you’ve made with descriptions as to why they are your favorites
  • This portion of the resume needs to be completed only once:

  • Include the general idea that you will use for your performance

  • Include a team biography. This will be your introduction when you enter the competition stage. It only needs to be a couple of sentences.

  • A team photo must also be included with the resume. In costume please. It does not need to be the costumes being worn for the preliminary round (I suggest that it not be). This photo will be released on the official Facebook page before the event. If you can’t get your team together to take a photo or have no photo to use, make a single photo by editing photos of each of you together. Please note we will not edit any photos for you.

  • You have the option to list an alternate for your group if one of you cannot make it. If you do not have a preset alternate, you will have to re-enter and submit a new resume [See GENERAL RULES]. Reapplying will only be allowed if the submission process is still open. For your alternate please list: Full Legal Name, Cosplay Alias, and Age. A new resume will need to be resubmitted with the alternate’s full information, but your place will still be held to compete.

  • Resumes preferred in PDF or Word Document formats with both teammates on the one document.



1. Both team members must be in costumes from the same series.

2. The costumes are limited to Japanese created manga, anime, games, and tokusatsu (live-action film or television dramas that usually feature superheroes).

* Vocaloid is allowed, but there are some costume restrictions. The costumes must be from video games, art, manga or music videos that are from an officially recognized source. Send in an email if there are any questions regarding the work you may want to cosplay from.

*When portraying characters, the characters must have originated from Japan. For example, portraying Disney, Star Wars or Marvel characters is not allowed even if they are taken from Japanese-made anime/manga/or games.

*Coterie/theater works, anthology works, doujinshi, and live-action movies based on manga, anime and games are not allowed.

* You can enter with costumes from a Shueisha series (ie: Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, etc.) for any event in the preliminary round, but are not yet allowed to for the finals. If you win the finals, the performance may need to be completely changed.

*Costumes from any work that is unfit to be sold to a person under 18 years old and would be classified as adult is prohibited from entry.

3. Cosplay costumes are to be hand-made. Pre-/ready-made costumes are not allowed.

* It is permissible for family and friends to help with costumes, but if you receive any help, it must be documented within the craftsmanship portfolio [see JUDGING] as to what was worked on and the name of the person (or cosplay alias).

* Help cannot be in the form of a paid commission or another making the item for you without your assistance.

* Reworking and modifying ready-made parts (such as boots, wigs, and gloves) into a costume are acceptable.


1. The performance time limit is 2 minutes 30 seconds.

* Please strictly adhere to the time limit.

* Stage staff will set the maximum 3 large stage props before your performance and remove them after your performance.

* You will have 40 seconds for your prop items to be set on stage, and forty seconds to remove all of your items from stage.

* Only the team and the official stage staff are permitted to be onstage to set up the props for the performance

* No stage ninjas are allowed to help during the performance.

2. You performance needs to be prerecorded in a common file format (mp3, wav, wma). If dialogue is used, please record in English for the preliminary rounds. If you move on to the finals, please re-record in Japanese.

* Audio needs to be submitted to me two weeks before the event. You can do this via email. Bring a spare CD copy with you to the convention as well.

3. All equipment, costumes, hand props and stage props for all of the performance rounds are limited to a maximum weight of 40 kilograms (roughly 88 lbs) combined for both performers.

* All props need to be self-contained. Do not make a prop that, for example, will require an electrical outlet to function.

* Do not ask to use convention property as a prop.

4. All large props or backdrops set on stage before the performance begins are limited to a maximum weight of 10 kilograms (roughly 22 lbs) within the 40 kilograms (roughly 88 lbs) limit. Prop dimensions are limited to 2100 millimeters (approx 6.8 ft) in height, 2100 millimeters (approx 6.8 ft) in width and 900 millimeters (approx 2.95 ft) in depth.

5. All large props or backdrops set on stage are limited to a maximum of 3 items. Dimensions of smaller props carried onto the stage must be relayed to the organizer. Performance and prop details will be asked for before the event via email.

6. It is not permitted to directly copy trademarked illustrations or logos on to your equipment or props.

* Please note that the use of the voice(s) of the original voice actor(s) for the audio is prohibited.

7. It is possible to scatter things on stage during your performance, but staining, marking or damaging the stage in any way is prohibited. Anything that takes time to clean up on stage is also not allowed.

8. It is prohibited to take your performance into the audience area.

9. Using fire or water on stage is prohibited.

10. Smoke related special effects are prohibited.

11. Performance order will be picked as such: each group will be assigned a number. A computer program will randomly generate a sequence of numbers that correspond to each group name. That will determine the order.


1. The judging will consist of performance and craftsmanship judging.

* Groups will be required to submit a craftsmanship portfolio that includes reference images of the characters and progress shots. This will be presented during your craftsmanship judging time, and it does not need to be sent in with the resume. Include a minimum of 6 progress shots and 1 reference image per costume.

2. Each judge of the cosplay championship can award 10 points for costume, 10 points for performance, and 5 points for faithfulness to the original work, for a maximum total of 25 points.

* Performance (10 points): level of performance, inventiveness, entertainment value

* Costume (10 points): design, faithfulness to the original characters costume with consideration to smart changes and embellishments, craftsmanship

* Fidelity to Original (5 points): level of faithfulness of the performance towards the original story and characters, how much respect is shown to the original work

* If there are any questions regarding interpretation of the rules or decisions on specific cases please contact via email at wcsprelimsus(at)gmail(dot)com.


1. Two teams will advance forward to the US Finals

2. Various other cons hosting Qualifiers will send teams to the US Finals at Anime Matsuri. The host of the Qualifier will be covering the flight and hotel room.

3. Anime Matsuri will be the home of both a Midwest Qualifier and the National Final.

4. Each of the two winning teams from Anime Matsuri’s Qualifier will win $300 cash prize

5. As the winners of the qualifying round, it would be the teams choice about keeping or changing the performance. Please let the organizers know if there will be a change. We ask that the performance stay the same between the Midwest Qualifier to the finals. We wouldn’t want to see teams splitting time and resources to make two performances in the hopes they make it to the final round. One amazing performance will do

6. Both Qualifier and US Finals will be hosted on Sunday, March 31, 2013 in The Main Events Arena

Submissions are over! See you at the con!