The UK Championships of Cosplay is a craftsmanship based cosplay contest consisting of four qualifiers and a final, each with a pre-judging session and a stage display where entrants will pose and display their costumes. All entries must represent a character or element from the pop culture realm. You can register for the Birmingham round at the foot of this page.
Competitors will primarily be assessed on one of the following three categories, based on which style is dominant for their costume:
- Needlework – Cosplay constructed primarily through sewing, stitching, embroidery, etc.
- Armour – Cosplay constructed primarily by molding and shaping its outer layers using acrylic, EVA foam, Worbla, Wonderflex, cardboard, etc.
- FX – Cosplay that primarily features animatronics, optical effects, mechanical effects, special effects make-up, prosthetics, etc.
WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE
There are four qualifiers in total: MCM Manchester in July; MCM Scotland in September; MCM London in October; and MCM Birmingham in November. One winner from each region will then compete in the final of the UK Championship of Cosplay at MCM Birmingham in November.
HOW TO APPLY
To register, fill out the form at the foot of the page by 9am Sunday 11th November 2018. All entrants must have a valid MCM Comic Con entry ticket to be able to participate in the competition.
Wondering if you are eligible? In brief, you must be 18 years old by the time of the contest, have made your own costume, and be able to attend the later rounds in Birmingham then Chicago should you win. You CAN use costumes that have been in other contests such as the MCM Cosplay Masquerades, and there are no nationality or residency requirements.
Applicants will then be assessed, with the best costumes invited to participate.
Interested? Read the rules in full, then apply below!
The four finalists from Manchester, Glasgow, London and Birmingham then take to the stage in Birmingham for the UK final. The final overall winner will be crowned the 2018 UK Champion of Cosplay, and will be given travel, accommodation and entry to C2E2 Chicago in April 2019, with a place to compete in the Crown Championships of Cosplay against all the global cosplay champions!
There will also be cash prizes for the winner and two runner ups in all four cities.
1st Prize – £500 & Trophy
2nd Prize – £300 & Trophy
3rd Prize – £200 & Trophy