Cosplay General & Competition Rules

WARPED CON reserve the right to deny entry, withdraw access or cancel tickets without refund to anyone deemed to be breaking these rules. Moreover, WARPED CON and security for the event and venue reserve the right to reject any weapon or prop if deemed likely to cause a nuisance.

With this in mind if you have an unusual item or need further clarification, please email [email protected]

Please be aware that no absolute assurance will be given without seeing and holding the item in question.

The rules specific to the cosplay completion and how it is organised can be found below the next section on general cosplay rules.

Rules that apply to general & competition cosplay

Please refer to the list below of banned items. This list applies to general cosplay and competition cosplay.

Anyone found carrying any real blades, guns or anything of that category will instantly be reported to the police.

  • If it is illegal to carry it in public then it is illegal to carry it at our events
  • When designing your costumes please be mindful that others will be walking around close to you
  • Banned items include, but not limited to :

    • Metal blades, sharp or blunt
    • Bats, wooden or metal including baseball bats
    • Crossbows and Strung Bows
    • Sharp Arrows
    • Gas Canisters
    • Nails protruding or other sharp items protruding from items or costumes
    • Laser pointers in any capacity
    • any similar item deemed illegal in the UK
    • No nudity, adult fetish allowed
    • No naked flames at all
    • Costumes must not exceed 3 meters from any point to any point
    • No racist or hate crime themes will be tolerated and such costumes will result in removal from the event
  • Allowed Item:

    • Unrealistic Guns and toy guns
    • Realistic imitation firearms such as airsoft guns, as long as they have a brightly coloured tip or muzzle fitted
    • Bows and Crossbows if unstrung
    • Do bear in mind you bring any such item at your own risk and we reserve the right to refuse item entry

Attendance at WARPED CON must not be used as a defence to carry a prohibited item unless permission has been expressly granted in writing.

If you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume weapons to WARPED CON.

Skimpy costumes are permitted though concessions to accuracy are needed if skimpy to the point of negligible coverage i.e. less than typical swimwear. Take extra precautions beneath a skimpy or delicate costume to avoid exposing yourself completely in the event of a costume malfunction. With regards to costumes, please note that:

  • It is the responsibility of attendees to ensure that a wristband or hand stamp  (at WARPED CON’s discretion) can be placed directly on your left wrist,  not over costume or clothing. Take this into account with designs or adjustments to the costume.
  • The maximum dimension of a costume is three metres between any two points, excluding fabric trains and parts that collapse to a smaller size, e.g. wings that fold.
  • If a costume is bulky and made of hard materials or includes parts outside of usual human dimensions you must have at least one person with you as a guide.  Examples include full fursuits, armour, wings, and robots.
  • Costumes, props in addition to performances and displays must not involve or create naked flames, explosions, smoke nor arcs or bursts of exposed electricity.

While not expressly banned, WARPED CON reserve the right to intervene in the case of attire or costumes with the following: profanities or sexual acts; inciting of hate or crime; and uniforms, emblems, or flags of organisations responsible for crimes against humanity and the state.

Cosplay Competition times and rules

Cosplay competitors will separate into the following 3 age categories.

  • 5 – 9
  • 10 – 14
  • 15+

The competition will run across the two days of the event as follows.

  • 5 – 9 \ Saturday at 4 pm in the main hall
  • 10 – 14 \ Sunday at 2 pm in the main hall
  • 15+ \ Sunday at 3.30 pm in the main hall

This year will see a £2000 prize pool for the competition, broken down in the following categories :

  • Category 5 – 9

    • 1st \ £75 The Entertainer Vouchers
    • 2nd \ £60 The Entertainer Vouchers
    • 3rd \ £50 The Entertainer Vouchers
    • 4th \ £35 The Entertainer Vouchers
    • 5th \ £25 The Entertainer Vouchers
  • Category 10 – 14

    • 1st \ £150 HMV Vouchers
    • 2nd \ £100 HMV Vouchers
    • 3rd \ £75 HMV Vouchers
    • 4th \ £50 HMV Vouchers
  • Category 15+

    • 1st \ £700
    • 2nd \ £425
    • 3rd \ £255

3 independent adjudicators will judge each category. Each judge has many years of experience with cosplay.
The judge’s decision is final.

All prizes must be signed for by an adult of 18 years+
Please bring ID with you as proof of age.

We want you to enjoy your time with us and we feel these few rules and regulations will help us all have a brilliant time. If you need any information or are unsure about any of these policies, in the first instance please contact: [email protected], or speak to one of our representatives the Costume Props Desks.