Cosplay Competition

Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention Cosplay Rules

Competition Rules
  • If you wish to enter the competition, please collect an entry form from the Control Desk on the day of the convention.
  • Your entry form should clearly list; Your Real Name, Your Age, Your Contact Details and also Your Cosplay Character and Your Character's Source (e.g. what comic/film/rpg are they from).
  • Competitors should report to the organisers 15 minutes before the start of the Competition for marshalling (See event programme for times)
  • The Competition will be judged in two categories, Junior (16 years old and under) and Senior.
  • The Competition will take the format of a catwalk, followed by a short break for judge deliberations, followed by a prize giving.
  • The Judges; decision will be final.
  • Prizes have not yet be confirmed, but will be announced on the day of the Convention, prior to the start of the Competition
  • Entrants grant permission to Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention (SCGC) and its representatives to take photographs or videos of them and to make recordings of their voice at Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention 2017 on Saturday 27th May 2017
  • Entrants further grant to SCGC and their representatives the right to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast and distribute and create derivative works of these images and recordings in any media now known or later developed. They acknowledge that SCGC owns all rights to the images and recordings.  
  • Entrants waive any right to inspect or approve the use of the images or recordings or of any written copy. Entrants further waive all moral rights and any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the images, recordings, or materials. Entrants release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless SCGC from and against any claims, damages or liability arising from or related to the use of the images, recordings or materials, including but not limited to claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, or rights of publicity or copyright infringement, or any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion or use in composite form that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction or production of the finished product, its publication or distribution.

Costume and Prop Rules 
(with thanks to MCM Comic Con, whose rules we were heavily influenced by)

Attire and Costume Rules
  • Attire and costume must be suitable for a family event. Nudity is not permitted, nor are exposed costume or prosthetic genitalia, or extreme BDSM gear.
  • 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 should something go amiss.
  • If a costume is bulky, made of hard materials, or includes parts outside of usual human dimensions you must have at least one person with you as a guide.
Allowed Items
  •  Items that people normally carry such as umbrellas or walking sticks, as well as small mundane items such as vegetables, pans, rolling pins, and racquets are allowed up to a length of 150cm.
  • Lightweight plastic or foam bats, paddles, and clubs are fine.

Melee Weapon Props

With the exception of items mentioned in the Banned Items list below, melee weapon props are permitted. All Weapon Props should either be;
  • Foam weapons built round a core such as those used for live action roleplaying
  • Unrealistic and toy guns (made of brightly coloured plastics, with flashing lights and stickers), or that are clearly science fiction based (phasers, plasma guns, blasters), and foam firing toys
  • The maximum size permitted is 150cm, or 180cm in the case of a staff. Larger items must be capable of being dismantled into smaller pieces and be so dismantled if the event is crowded
  • Scythes are a particularly difficult item to carry safely. As such, they must be made to disconnect into two parts for carrying regardless of size.
  • Shields are allowed as long as they do not exceed 1 metre in height or width, and any hard edges and corners are suitably rounded off and padded.

Banned Items
  •  Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, go-carts, and similar wheeled items (due to venue restrictions)
  • Metal blades whether sharp or blunt e.g. swords, axes, and knives.
  • Actual guns, rifles, or artillery.
  • Heavy bats, paddles or clubs including wooden or metal baseball bats.
  • Heavy items that could be used as weapons e.g. iron pokers, heavy cast iron pans, or crowbars are not permitted. Nor are power tools such as actual chainsaws or hedge trimmers.
  • Bokken- a type of hard wooden (or toughened plastic) training sword.
  • Explosives and incendiary devices.
  • Functional strung bows or crossbows, sharp arrows or bolts.
  • Heavy gas canisters.
  • Protruding nails or other sharp items
  • Any other items restricted or prohibited from being carried in public by UK law
If you have any queries regarding the display or transportation of a weapon or prop outside of the event, contact the relevant authority. Police may destroy confiscated items without warning.

Attendees bring items to an event at their own risk

If you have a question about anything not covered by these rules, please email it to


  1. Hello! Is there any rule as to whether the cosplays have to be hand made or store bought etc? I spent AGES hand making my cosplays! :D

    1. Costumes can be store-bought, hand-made or any combination thereof.

      We're sure that the costumes that have had time and effort put in to them will clearly outshine store bought costumes in the competition

  2. My ceremonial dragon staff is wooden but has some pointy bits:

    Do you think it will be an issue? (I was allowed to carry it into Cardiff Film & Comic Con, but they did consider taking it off me). If so, I'll leave it at home.

    Thanks ^_^

    1. Melee props (which a staff is) should be foamcore, as per our rules, so probably best to leave it at home, even though it looks awesome!