How It Works

The Star Wars Celebration Chicago Cosplay Competition is a celebration of some of the greatest costumes from across the galaxy. It is a craftsmanship award show with a pre-judging session and a stage display. All entries must represent a character or element from the Star Wars universe. 
Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the Star Wars Celebration Chicago team – entrants may only enter one costume into the Contest. If approved, accepted contestants will be contacted by the Star Wars team and will advance  to the competition stage of the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Cosplay Competition. Contestants will be judged on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. No store bought costumes will be eligible to enter.
Selected contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off-stage the morning of the competition, and then compete on the Celebration Stage.
Contestants will provide the SWCC team with a brief costume description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed as pre-selected music will play throughout the event. The time limit per participant on stage is approximately one minute. Space in the Star Wars Celebration Cosplay Competition is very limited and all entries will be evaluated based on each applicant’s completed entry form, costume details and high quality pictures of their costume. There are no group entries allowed.


Compete for glory and recognition from your fellow Star Wars fans and most of all – HAVE FUN!
Specific categories prizes and awards will be revealed closer to Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

Best in Category:

A winner will be selected from each category based upon the judges' score in that category.

Best in Show:

Best in Show will be determined based on the scores given by the judges. Every costume regardless of whether or not the costume won a category is eligible for this award

The Rules:

Participants in the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Cosplay Competition must adhere to the following:

  1. All selected contestants are responsible for all expenses related to competing in the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Cosplay Competition including all lodging and travel to and from the convention center.  All contestants must have a valid badge for the day that the Contest is taking place or a 5-Day Badge. If you do not have a valid Badge for the day the Cosplay Competition is taking place and are accepted to compete, Star Wars Celebration can offer one competitor and one handler the opportunity to purchase one Star Wars Celebration Badge each to participate in the Contest.
  2. Applicants may not register multiple times with multiple costumes. A contestant can only enter once and only wear one costume.
  3. Entrants must provide a written description that the emcee will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything that might impress the judges and Fans. This description is limited to 100 words. Star Wars Celebration Chicago reserves the right to edit introduction material for time and content.
  4. Group costumes are not allowed
  5. To be judged for accuracy as a visual reference, please submit a reference color photo of the character you are cosplaying when you apply and bring it with you when you arrive for onsite check-in. You may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.
  6. Electronic media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video device (i.e. iPad or iPhone) to pre-judging. No skits are allowed on stage or during judging.
  7. No profanity, political or religious statements are allowed on stage including messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
  8. Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous or any particular political agenda or message.
  9. Costumes cannot be obscene, offensive orendorse any form of hate or hate group.
  10. Costume cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars, Lucasfilm, ReedPOP or its products, or other people, products or companies.
  11. Costume cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars, Lucasfilm, ReedPOP wishes to associate.
  12. Costume cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.
  13. Please refrain from wearing or using any substances that may potentially interfere with another participant's costume. If you are wearing body paint or make-up, please make sure it will not come in contact with others. Do not bring anything on stage that could damage the other costumes. Do not leave anything on stage before or after the competition.
  14. No nudity. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and appropriate for a family-friendly show. Gore, graphic violence or other objectionable elements may be grounds for disqualification as determined by the judges or Star Wars Celebration Chicago Staff.
  15. Contestants are responsible for their own belongings. We are unable to provide a secure area for personal items. We recommend bringing an assistant to help with belongings.
  16. Any participant may be disqualified from the competition by SWCC Staff for failure to observe any of these rules. All decisions made by the judges are final.
  17. Pre-fabricated, store-bought costumes cannot compete in the Cosplay Competition. All costumes must be made by the wearer. A portion of the costume (such as leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased, finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume should have been constructed by the creator of the costume.  If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the construction part of the Competition, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed.  Unaltered, store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a character or "costume" are NOT allowed.
  18. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.
  19. Wings, large props, or large costumes are just fine, but if your costume is over 8 feet tall, or 3 feet wide you may not fit through the doors.  If possible, make wings and other parts that make your costume detachable. We have no limit on the size of costumes or props, but ask that you be safe and aware while on stage.  You will be responsible for ALL damage to the stage, lighting, technical aspects or any convention property.
  20. Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants. SWCC will not be able to provide help.
  21. All participants who make it to prejudging will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the competition.
  22. Your costume must allow movement with limited assistance.  Your costume must not impede your ability to get on and off stage.  Furthermore, your costume cannot be built on stage.
  23. Any prize won by an eligible entrant who is a minor will be awarded to the minor's parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return any required documents. Receiving the prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules.
  24. Release: By accepting a prize, each Winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (if any), and each of their respective parent companies and each such company's officers, directors, employees and agents; from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
  25. SWCC reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the competition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond SWCC's reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. SWCC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, SWCC reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. SWCC's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  26. Limitations of Liability: SWCC is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.  If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant's sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, if it is possible. If the Contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize offered herein.
  27. The judge's decision is final and will be subject to independent audit review.
  28. All attendees entering the event will be reviewed for any props that resemble a weapon and this item will be tagged once deemed safe to the public. All other items deemed unsafe will be confiscated by Show Management.


To register, click the button below and fill out the form by 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2019.  All entrants must already be registered for the convention to be eligible for the costume Contest.  A valid SWCC Badge for the day the Cosplay Competition is taking place or a 5-Day badge will be required when you check in.

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If you have any questions about the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Cosplay Competition, please contact Eddie Raymond at

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