A2F NWA Cosplay Contest


You MUST sign up to enter the contest either online (CLICK HERE) or at the convention. The sign up sheet will be at the Registration Table Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. If you are entering as a group please only take up one spot! We are limited to 50 spots so if you take up more than one for your group that will throw off our system and someone might not get to enter because of it.

At Pre-Judging, a volunteer will verify your information: name, cosplay, age, and if you have special requests like audio/mic needs or wanting to be announced a specific way. At this time, we ask that you not be "in character" - please verify that your information is correct so this process goes as smoothly as possible.

We've added three new categories this year: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. A beginner is classified as someone who has won no awards for any cosplay; Intermediates have won 1 or 2 awards for this or past cosplays; and Advanced are for those who have won 2 or more awards.


  1. All cosplay contestants must sign up online or at the convention.
  2. Cosplays must follow the dress code of the convention. A2F is a Family Friendly convention.
    cosplay modesty guidelines
  3. All stage time is limited to 3 minutes or less. To have your skit approved, send a copy of your script or detailed description of your skit to SoraPreston@yahoo.com
  4. If you have any audio please tell us and bring it on an MP3 player or smart phone with an audio jack (where you plug in your ear phones). Please have it ready to play (unlocked, paused at the right point, etc).
  5. It is highly recommended that you bring a photo of the character you are portraying to pre-judging for a comparison.
  6. If you made your costume and have progress photos, please bring them to pre-judging. This is not required but strongly encouraged.
  7. For the Hallway Cosplay Contest: just arrive at on-site signup, get your picture taken and the winner will be announced before the cosplay contest.
a2f fall 2014 trevor award

Categories & Prizes

Overall Cosplay - $50 + Trophy
Hallway Cosplay - $25 + Medal
1st Place - $40 // 2nd Place - $30
1st Place - $25 // 2nd Place - $20
1st Place - $20 // 2nd Place - $10
Best Prop - $15
Best Skit - $15
Trevor Award
An Honor given in memory of a young cosplayer. The winner will have their picture taken and sent to the mother of Trevor.

Meet the Judges

anime mom

Anime Mom

By day, Anime Mom is a Teacher,Wife, Mom & Mimi; by night, Cosplayer. She started attending cons in 2009 as a parent and fell in love with Anime and cosplay. Her first cosplay was in 2010 as Madame Red of Black Butler and most recent was Lois Griffin and Tae Takemi from Persona 5. Anime Mom has been a member of Arkansas Anime Convention and Konsplosion core staff and a big part of the conventions hosting fun, exciting panels and events. She is always ready with a big hug and warm smile.

MC: JackBSparrow

Hello A2F I'm Blake AKA JackBSparrow and I'll be your MC for the Cosplay contest. Each year I see many unique and outstanding cosplays! So I can't wait to see what you all bring to the cosplay contest!

Awards & Prizes

Best Overall Cosplay


Adult (Ages 17+)

1st 2nd 3rd
$30.00 $20.00 $10.00

Young Adult (Ages <17)

1st 2nd 3rd
$15.00 $10.00 $5.00

Best Skit


Best in Character


Best Prop


Best Handiwork


Judge's Pick

Three special awards created by individual judges.

Trevor Award

Honor given in memory of a young cosplayer. All attendees in cosplay are eligible to receive this honor, this is not limited to the contest entries.

The recipient will have their photo and short bio added to the A2F website.