Costume Contest


The SiliCon Costume Contest Returns for 2022

All participants and assistants must have a SiliCon with Adam Savage admission badge. Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain “found” pieces, “modified” or altered from its original design or purpose; although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest. Costumes that are considered “kits” are allowed so long as the kit was assembled by the participant. All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered, or modified. Costume(s) should be 70% “hand-made”.

Registration will be on-site at the SiliCon Cosplay Information table. This will be located on the upper level of the San Jose Convention Center, left of the elevators. Participants can register until 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Note: Costumes do not have to be worn by the creator of the costume. Costume creators may have a “model” for their costume but the costume creator MUST be present at the pre-judging portion (in the case of craftsmanship entries) as well as the entire costume contest. Creators must be prepared to explain the creative process behind their costume.

Entries may be by individuals or groups and may be of an existing character from any television show, film, comic, or literary property, or a custom creation by the entrant.

All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention dress code and weapons policy. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show.

No profanity will be allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Violators will be removed from the competition.

If a policy violation is discovered by any of the SiliCon staff or judging panel, that entry will be disqualified.

No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center.

No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.

Youth entries are those who are under 16 years of age.

Entries will be separated into three categories:

– Novice – Contestants who have never entered a prior contest or won any awards.
– Journeyman – Contestants who have won at least one but less than 2 major cosplay/costume awards at any convention.
– Master – Contestants who have won 2 or more major cosplay/costume awards at any convention.
Note: Judges reserve the right to move any contestant into a different category should they feel their skill level exceeds the category for which they initially signed up.

Costumes that have won a major award at any past SiliCon may NOT be entered into the Costume Contest. “Major awards” include but are not limited to, “Best In Show”, or “First Place”.

Groups are allowed to enter the contest but will be judged as if the entire group were as 1 person entering.

Regarding group entries, each entry’s appropriate category will be determined by the participant with the highest number of cosplay/costume awards. For example, an entry consisting of 3 persons with 2 participants having won no awards, and the third participant having won 3 or more major awards will be placed in the “Master” category.

Pictures and video may be taken during both the Pre-Judging as well as Performance portion of the judging process of the participants. These pictures/video are the property of SiliCon for the purposes of advertising and promotion of future events and contests.

You must remain in the main Ballroom for the entirety of the contest. Please listen to the directions given by the SiliCon volunteers and be respectful to your fellow contestants. If you have special needs, please let the judges’ panel be aware at the pre-judging portion of the contest or during check-in at the Cosplay Table.

Each participant will have 60 seconds of time to perform on stage. This is your time to shine, so make the best of it. “Skits” are allowed but not mandatory.

Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up and down steps. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the SiliCon staff. Should a costume be deemed as “excessively large” some accommodations can be made so that the contestant no longer is required to go up or down steps.

When each contestant/group checks in, they will be asked to write an “introduction” for their performance. This is not mandatory but highly suggested. Contestants/groups are allowed to bring pre-made introductions which will be attached to their entry form.

Award Categories:

The following list is an example breakdown of the awards that may be awarded. However, at the judge’s discretion they may choose to omit or add to the awards as they deem appropriate for the entries received.

– Best In Show
– Best Master
– Best Journeyman
– Best Newcomer
– Best Group
– Best Performance
– Best Youth
– Audience Favorite
– Judge’s Choice