Welcome to The Winter Cosplay Championship, where the best Cosplayers in the USA take to the stage!
The Winter Cosplay Championship is multiple craftsmanship and/or performance competitions open to cosplay soloists, pairs, and groups of up to four competitors. Winners will be awarded national and/or international trip awards, including two brand new events for the United States. We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 WCC will consist of qualifying rounds for:
WCC’s Craftsmanship only competition now has a prize for both a solo and a pair entry! Competitors will be judged only on their craftsmanship and have the option to showcase their costume in a walk-on across our WCC stage. Winners of this contest will travel to Singapore to participate as a featured guest in one of Singapore Cosplay Club’s many events. Flights, badges, and hotel stay are included to experience a prize unlike any other!
A Craftsmanship and Performance Competition for pairs of cosplayers! The winning team will become GICOF Team USA 2024 and travel to South Korea to represent the United States at the Annual Gyeonggi International Cosplay Festival. Craftsmanship will comprise 40% of the overall score and performance will comprise 60% of the overall score for this contest.
- Nordic Cosplay Championship 2024:
A contest for solo competitors with a breakdown of 50% Craftsmanship, 50% Performance which returns to Holiday Matsuri 2023 to select Team USA 2024! Held at NärCon Sommar in Linköping, Sweden, the NCC is a unique contest which has been held annually since 2012. This year, the United States will participate as a full competitor, eligible for all prizes.
- Extreme Cosplay Gathering (ECG) Season 12:
For the first time since its creation, the United States will have the opportunity to participate in this incredible craft and performance competition!
The Extreme Cosplay Gathering (ECG) is a contest for soloists, duos, and trios (with the option of a stage ninja) or a team of four (with no stage ninja). This contest is 50% craftsmanship and 50% performance. The winners will travel to Japan Expo in Paris, France to represent the United States.
- Holiday Matsuri Cultural Exchange Cosplay Program 2024:
Winners of this contest will receive a trip to attend a cosplay event in another country – Flights, badges, and hotel stay- to experience cosplay outside the United States and meet other cosplayers from around the world. This year’s Cultural Exchange will be with Barcelona, Spain, and a trip to experience the Salon de Manga 2024 for their 30th anniversary edition. The participation rules for this event will be the same as the rules for the ECG and will be open to soloists, duos, and trios (with the option of a stage ninja) or a team of four (with no stage ninja). This contest is 50% craftsmanship and 50% performance.
All applications must be submitted by November 12th, 2023. Last submission accepted will be November 12th, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET. No late sign ups will be accepted and no sign ups will be permitted at the convention.
Each applicant/group may sign up for more than one contest provided they fit the criteria of the contest.
You may sign up as a soloist for the Nordic Cosplay Championship AND the CosFest Singapore Cosplay Program (as both allow solo competitors and have craftsmanship judging)
Your pairs team may sign up for the GICOF AND the CosFest Singapore (as both allow pair competitors and have craftsmanship judging)
Solos, Duos, Trios (with the option of a stage ninja) and Quartets may sign up for ECG USA and HolMat Cultural Exchange. These competitors will follow the rules of the ECG and be considered for both ECG USA and the HolMat Cultural Exchange Prizes.
Due to show limitations, not every entrant will be accepted as a contestant in the Winter Cosplay Championship.
As this is an intermediate/advanced cosplay contest, each entrant is required to submit a photograph of a finished example of previous cosplay work as well as a progress picture of their intended costume/costumes and, if performing, a brief description of their intended performance.
A video of cosplay performance rehearsal will be requested closer to the Event to help the Event video crew with the filming of the performance. This rehearsal video does not need to be in costume and will not be used by anyone outside of the cosplay and video crew teams.