Cosplay Contest Information

Here is what you need to know about the Magic City Con 2022 Cosplay Contest!
Pre-Judging will be from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday. If you show up in line at 12:01 pm you will not be judged. BE ON TIME!
Cosplay Contest Stage Walk will be on Saturday beginning at 4:00pm in the Main Ballroom!
Forms will be available at the Cubster Cosplay Photography table on the second floor of the Con.
If you are Exhibition, you still need a form because we will need your name and information.
If you registered online, you still need to fill out a form to be Pre-Judged!!!
Any other questions, ask below!


1. Contestants can only enter in one category, Individual or Group. Due to the unpredictable size of groups, a prize for each member cannot be guaranteed.
2. No skits during judging or catwalk.
3. No nudity. No costume is no costume.
4. No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
5. No political or religious statement during the catwalk. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
6. Do not use any sort of projectile at all! Nothing must leave your person while you are on the catwalk. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified and may be asked to leave the convention area.
7. No flashpots, explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.
8. All prop weapons must conform to the Magic City Con Weapons Policy.
9. We encourage submitting entries via email before Pre-Judging. Spaces are limited, and once the competition is full, any further entries will not be accepted.
10. To be judged for accuracy a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo on paper, can be turned in with your application. Electronic media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video device (i.e. iPods) to Pre-Judging. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.
11. All judging will be done before the showing, off-stage.
12. Costumes must be self-contained.
13. Do not enter or exit the catwalk except at the designated points.
14. Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition.
15. Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help. Magic City Con will not be able to provide assistants.

Convention Floor Cosplay Rules

1. Magic City Con is a family-friendly convention. Please use common sense, be considerate of other attendees, and be aware of your surroundings.

2. Cover your body parts. "No costume" is not a costume. "Paint" and/or "pasties" are not a costume either. No intentional or unintentional "wardrobe malfunctions" are allowed. Please make sure your costume is sturdily constructed. This includes proper undergarments. If your costume is deemed to be too revealing or offensive, you will be asked to cover up or change.

3. Protective footwear is highly recommended, but not required.

4. All military, law enforcement, and other emergency service costumes should be easily distinguishable from official uniforms.

5. Hate symbols, even historical hate symbols like swastikas, will not be tolerated.

6. Roller blades, roller skates, and skateboards will not be allowed in the event center spaces.

7. Stilts are allowed, as long as you are wearing them.

8. No signs offering services or making requests to be hugged or touched. We want everyone to feel comfortable.

9. Per Galleria Mall Rules, MASKS COVERING YOUR FACE AND WEAPONS ARE NOT TO BE WORN IN THE MALL. Please keep this in mind when visiting the food court or shops inside the Galleria or when traveling from any of the parking locations to the convention floor throughout the weekend.

10. There will be a Cosplay Coat Check as well as a Cosplay First Aid location on-site. Please utilize these FREE services throughout the convention weekend, and especially for your masks/weapons when visiting the interior of the mall.


If you have any questions about your specific cosplay, please contact Jamie Phelps at:

Magic City Con

Costume Weapons Policy


No functional weapons are allowed at Magic City Con.


*All costume weapons must be inspected at the Weapons Check on the first floor of the Atrium before entering the Convention floor. 

*All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.

*Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable.

*Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip tied to a quiver. 

*Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can't be drawn. 

*After your costume weapons have been checked, they will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your weapons have been checked. 

*Security will escort you to the Weapons Check for inspection if your costume weapon is not checked. 

Cosplay Coat Check

Our Cosplay Coat Check is for all of our Cosplayers! Have a weapon or an item of your costuming you don't want to carry around all day? Don't want to worry about coming straight from work and changing in the parking lot? Don't want to leave your make-up bag or heat sensitive items in your car all day in the summer heat? Then our Cosplay Coat Check is for you! Cosplay Coat Check is a secure room where you can check your items and continue on with your Con adventures worry free! There will also be a separate changing room available for those not staying in the hotel that need a place to get changed. You may check your items in and out as many times as needed. 

*There is no fee for this service!

Birmingham, Alabama

June 24 - 26, 2022

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham - Wynfrey Hotel

Convention Hours:


Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dealer's Room Hours:

Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

TableTop Game Room Hours:

Friday: 3:00pm - MIDNIGHT

Saturday: 10:00am - MIDNIGHT

Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Video Game Lounge Hours:

Friday: 3:00pm - MIDNIGHT

Saturday: 10:00am - MIDNIGHT

Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Adult Weekend Passes


Child  Weekend Passes

(Ages 6 - 11)


*Military Discounted Passes Available!

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