My favorite thing about any con is people watching. I absolutely adore seeing how creative folks get with their cosplays. It's an art form for sure. Wig styling, sewing, mask making, armor sculpting, makeup, and many more skills go into the perfect cosplay.

If you think you've got what it takes to win (or you just want to walk the stage in your cool cosplay), Anime WTX's cosplay contest is for you.

Prizes include awesome stuff from Sentai Filmworks and Arda Wigs. You can sign up here, but if you're hoping to win, you should probably review the rules. The biggest one to be aware of: You must have personally made 50 percent or more of your cosplay. 

Anime WTX happens Friday, Jan. 31st - February 2nd, 2020 at the MCM Elegante Inn & Suites, 801 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas 79401.

Here are their rules.


1. Contestants can only enter in one category, NOVICE (This category is for beginning cosplayers with under 3 years of experience) or VETERAN (This category is for cosplayers with 3+ years of experience or who have won a major award from any previous contest).

2. All participants must have Convention band or badge (this includes Vendor, Press, and other specialty badges). Members of the convention staff are ineligible to compete.

3. Participants must pre-register at the convention before 3:30 pm Saturday. Registration will take place at the information table. There will be a limited number of slots so it is best to register early in the day if you can.

4. All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention, including but not limited to the conventions Weapons and Harassment policies. If a policy violation is discovered, that entry will be disqualified immediately. Weapons must also follow Texas state laws regarding their usage.

5. Your costume must cover swimsuit areas – no nudity. Body-paint costumes are not eligible for craftsmanship.

6. Professionally crafted or rented costumes are prohibited, you must show proof of your designs. Detailed crafting notes, as well as progress pictures, are highly encouraged.

7. All costumes MUST be at least 50% handmade OR altered. Commissioned costumes will only be allowed if the creator is present. (NOTE: It is at the discretion of the judges to decide if costumes are at least 50% handmade or altered).

8. Pictures will be taken during judging and throughout the costume contest of all participants and will be the property of the convention. If you do not agree, you will not be allowed to participate.


1. Craftsmanship – How the entrant made their costume, use of materials and creativity

2. Likness/Detail – How close the contestant resembles the character they are cosplaying/detail on the costumer

3. Presentation – How the entrant presents their costume to the judges in pre-judging and how the entrant showcases their costume on stage during the contest.

Good luck, and remember- prop weapons must be approved for safety upon entering the convention. Senpai approves.

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