Page to Stage Costume Contest

(Photo courtesy of the Daily Dragon, 2017, from the 2017 Friday Night Costume Contest, photo credit to Dave Nelson)

The Premier Literary Costume Contest at Dragon Con

Show off your costuming skills and bring your favorite literary characters
to life on stage in the Page to Stage Costume Contest!

Costumes may be characters from any written literature including books, magazines, manga, comics, comic books, web comics, or other written works or their television or film adaptations.


 Where: Hyatt International North Ballroom

Pre-Registration Required (see details below). Dragon Con Membership Badge required.

When: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Pre-Judging starts at 6:30pm in Hyatt Embassy G.
Contest starts at 8:30pm

Our panel of esteemed costuming judges will begin pre-judging promptly at 6:30pm, with the show to follow immediately after in the Hyatt Embassy Ballroom at 8:30pm. Please read the rules below and register your entry by 11:59pm on September 1, 2021. You may bring documentation with you to pre-judging or email a digital copy (please read the documentation requirements before submitting your materials) to fantasy@dragoncon.org by 6:30pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Why: For fun, prizes, and bragging rights!
Awards & Prizes

Best Child:
Medal, Signed Book by a Guest Author, $25 VISA Gift Card

Best Novice:
Medal, Signed Book by a Guest Author, $50 VISA Gift Card

Best Intermediate (formerly Journeyman):
Medal, Signed Book by a Guest Author, $50 VISA Gift Card

Best Advanced (formerly Master):
Medal, Signed Book by a Guest Author, $75 VISA Gift Card, 2 VIP Passes to the Fantasy Gather

Best Construction (chosen from all divisions):
Medal, Signed Book by a Guest Author, $50 VISA Gift Card

Best in Show (chosen from all divisions):
Medal, Signed Book by a Guest Author, $100 VISA Gift Card, 2 VIP Passes to the Fantasy Gather


Pre-Registration Required (see details below). Dragon Con Membership Badge required.

Pre-Register for the Page to Stage Costume Contest

Pre-registering for the
Page to Stage Costume Contest

Pre-registration is required to participate in the Page to Stage Costume Contest. You must be pre-registered through the Google Form linked above to participate.

You must read and agree to the rules in order to compete. Competition implies that you have read these rules in their entirety and intend on competing fairly as laid out below. Dragon Con, the Fantasy Lit Track Director, and the Costume Contest Director reserve the right to remove any contestant from the Page to Stage Costume Contest, or move a competitor to a different skill level at their discretion.

Contestants may enter in the following skill levels: Child, Novice, Intermediate (formerly Journeyman), or Advance (formerly Master). Skill levels are used to promote fairness in competition so that costumes are judged based on the experience level used to create or assemble them. Judging for each division is based upon the understanding of these divisions, and so it is important to register for the skill level/division that best describes your personal experience as a costumer/cosplayer.

Child: This skill level is for children competing in costumes that they assembled themselves from bought items and modified at least 50% of the overall costume, or that they have made themselves and is open for any child under the age of 13. Costumes made by an adult for a child to wear must be registered in division that the adult who made the costume would normally compete in to ensure fairness for children who wish to compete on the merits of their own costuming ability.

Novice: This skill level is for any person over the age of 13 who has never won a costume contest division award or overall award, such as Best Novice or Best in Show.

Intermediate (formerly Journeyman): This skill level is for any person over the age of 13 who has previously won “Best Novice” or an overall award such as “Best in Show” or “Best Construction” in at least one (or as many as three) previous costume contest(s).

Advanced (formerly Master): This skill level is for any person over the age of 13 who has previously won three or more division awards or overall awards in previous costume contests, or, for any person who is a professional seamstress, costumer, actor/actress, or costumed character.

There is no Group category for the Page to Stage Costume Contest, so contestants that wish to enter together may pre-register on the same form and should choose the skill level that matches the highest level of the costumers within the group. For instance, a group with 2 Novices and an Intermediate (formerly Journeyman) would enter in the Intermediate skill level.

A valid email address, your legal name, badge name, brief description of the costume, and contact information that you can be reached at during Dragon Con are required to pre-register.

Contest Rules

Please read and confirm that you will abide by the contest rules prior to pre-registering. If you are found to be in violation of these rules, you may be disqualified or removed from the costume contest.

Submitting Documentation

Any contestant who wishes to submit documentation of their costume build, materials, and methods may do so by submitting a PDF with imbedded images to fantasy@dragoncon.org with the subject line:  Page to Stage Costume Contest Documentation. Please include your real name and costume name with your documentation. You may bring physical documentation to the competition instead, including samples of materials and fabrics. Due to the format of the contest, the Page to Stage Costume Contest team cannot guarantee that these samples or documentation will be returned, so please only bring what you are comfortable with leaving behind. Please make sure any written documentation is in at least 12 pt font and double spaced for ease of reading.

Submit Documentation

See you at the show!