Cosplay Contest Information

Show off your costuming skills while posing in character, or performing in a group skit. All ages may participate with prizes being awarded in the primary divisions. Not entering? That’s okay, you’re still invited to come out and watch the show. Call 325-677-2474 if you have any questions.

Onsite Registration Only | Saturday, April 25

  1. Costume Guidelines
  2. Contest Guidelines

Costume Guidelines

Lib-Con is a family friendly event. All costumes must be suitable for public display. Costumes must cover at least as much as a modest bathing suit. The Abilene Public Library Staff reserves the right to insist on costume modifications. Shoes must be worn at all times.

Prop Guidelines

Misuse of a prop or engaging in any type of inappropriate behavior (fighting, sparring, horseplay) will result in the immediate removal of the prop. All props are subject to review by library staff.

  • Firearms/Projectiles
    • "NERF," air soft, paintball and water guns with the firing mechanism disabled will be allowed. No 'puffs of air" or other discharge should be detected upon testing.
    • Bows must not be fully strung and demonstrate to be able to fire projectiles.
    • No real firearms (replica, antique or otherwise) will be allowed.
  • Bladed Weapons
    • All bladed weapons must be dull to the touch regardless of the material they are made of.
    • Weapons with a metal blade (sharpened or not) will not be allowed.
  • Blunt Force Weapons
    • Real blunt force weapons including, but not limited to, blackjacks, nightsticks, maces, tomahawks will not be allowed.

Lib-Con Sprite Forest with a Transparent BackgroundAge Divisions

There will be four age divisions including:

  • Triforce Tots (Ages 0 to 6 with Guardian)
  • Child Division (Ages 7 to 12)
  • Teen Division (Ages 13 to 17)
  • Adult Division (Ages 18 and Up)

Registration Deadline

All contestants should register no later than 2:30PM on Saturday, April 25th. Late entries will not be accepted.  All registered participants should be at the Main Library no later than 3:30PM, ready to be seated in the auditorium.

What You'll Do on Stage

We will bring everyone in your age division on stage and line you up. When you're called by the presenter, you'll step to the front of the stage to pose for the judges for at least 30-seconds. We will let you know when your time is up and then you can return to your position with the other contestants until everyone has been called. Once completed, we will direct you off stage and back to your seats.

Music will be provided by library staff. You will not be asked to perform as your character, just to show off your costume to the judges and audience. However, if you'd like to do different poses, or get into character, you're more than welcome.

Rating System for Scoring Contestants

Contestants in each division will be judged on a 5-point numerical score (5 being the highest) based on accuracy and craftsmanship when it comes to your costume. A cumulative score will be tallied and the contestants with the highest scores will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place standings in each division.  In the case of a tie, they will be determined by the panel of judges at their discretion. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in each division.