Hypericon | Nashville, Tennessee

A weekend popular arts conference; festively uniting creators, makers, and performers with those who appreciate and aspire to their craft.

Hypericon Cosplay Showcase

The cosplay contest – like no other.

We set out to take the best of Cosplay and celebrate it, enjoy the characters and portrayal, and the fun – amplify it!

Together we succeed!

Our approach to Cosplay competition honors presentation as well as craftsmanship, while keeping participation and judging simple and accessible. We hope you’ll join in and participate whether you are a novice or advanced. We hope you will have as much fun showing off your craftsmanship, prop building skills, showmanship, group, design, tech and/or original character as we will picking winners!! In 2019, we will award prizes for Best In Show, Most Original/Mash-up, Best Youth Costume, Best Duo or Group, and the craftsmanship award.

Signups are open, please feel free to register before 12p Saturday July 6th!

Walk-on is available to those who miss signing up but, judging will not apply.

Easy scoring.

Our judges – representing performance, crafting, costuming, and media creation backgrounds – will use a three-criteria system with 30 points available per item, to score a total of 90 points available by judge scoring. We then score the reaction of the audience on a scale of 1-10, and those possible 10 points are combined to produce a 100-point max score. In the event of a tie, we remove the audience score so it is never used as the tie-breaker for a tight competition!

  • Costume
  • General Effect
  • Accuracy or Originality
  • Audience Reaction

Judge Criteria:

30pts Costume (Including craftsmanship, fit, quality, etc.)
30pts General Effect (Poise, presentation, characterization, gimmicks/sfx, etc.)
30pts Accuracy/Originality (Details, creativity, theme representation, etc.)

Audience Criteria:

10pts We will measure the audience’s reations (enthusiasm, shock, disappointment, awe, yawns…) and round out the total of 100 possible points. This means you should be sure to have your friends rooting for you, and play to crowd as you see fit!

Contestants will be introduced by our emcee, walk the runway through an intimate audience seating experience, and then pose for the judges for a close look. The contestant will be given an opportunity for any craftsmanship recognition,  questions from the judges, and/or cosplay specifics that should be mentioned.

We don’t disqualify those who didn’t make their costume. All we ask is that you are honest on your application, and that a crafter is submitted if you’re putting them in the running for the Craftsmanship Award.

Fun categories and prizes!

The prize packages will be announced on-stage. Here are some examples of award categories we typically include:


prize TBD

Awarded to the best all-around, available to any adult contestant.


2018 Prize: Private TBD

Awarded to the finest handmade quality and detail among all contestants.


2018 Prize: TBD

Those who are professional or Master-level makers are recognized in this category

Runner Up

Second place winner.

Honorable Mention

Not out of the spotlight by any means!

Best Group

Form an adventuring party and see if you can bring home some treasure!

Most Original

Mash-up? Original character? Awesome!

Best Star Wars

The Force is with us, always, so let’s award for it. Or the dark side. Whichever!

Best Kid

Because geeklings rock!

Funny Bone

Jokers aren’t just in Arkham.

Crowd Favorite

Play to crowd to win this one!

Best Worst

Admit it. You always wanted to win for taking a Sharpie to a tee shirt. Now’s your chance!