The Insomnia Cosplay Masquerade

 The Insomnia Cosplay Masquerade

Costume and Play is proud to present the Insomnia Masquerade, Weather you have an amazing costume you've poured hours into or want to bring your favorite character life on stage with a performance, then signing up to the Insomnia masquerade provides you with that opportunity!

Prize Pool*

1st- £300

2nd- £150

3rd- £50

Best Costume- £50

Best Performance- £50

Junior Prize- Award trophy and small bag of goodies.

So how will the competition be working this time?

Cosplay has always been a community experience, for making friends, presenting your hard work across and ‘playing’ or performing as your character on stage. Costume and Play want to give you the ability to cosplay how you choose to!

Show off your work. – Additional Judging categories carrying prizes to allow you to cosplay your own way! Including performance, junior and costume awards.

Additional Judging category!  - 'Application Information Presented' Is a brand new category focusing on awarding detailed construction notations with photos and reference picture inclusion, alongside the application form information itself forming part of the active judging process to a much higher degree. 



DON’T FORGET to place the EVENT NAME and DAY PARTICIPATING in the email subject.

Please remember if you are in any doubt or even just worried about entering then check with us, we’re all happy to help you through this and we understand rules, while essential, can sometimes be a bit daunting!

Feel free to e-mail:


Convention & Masquerade day entering:

Email Address:
(Do you wish to be contacted in future with news from Costume and Play?) Y/N

Name/s: (if you’re a group enter all names):

Character Names:

Character Series:

(Please include any reference pictures and work in progress if available.)

How much of your costume have you Handmade/Altered yourself?

Information for the Judges. We know your passionate about your costume so tell us about it!

(Please remember this information will be judged so be as detailed as possible! Include any construction images, notes and reference photos as attachments.)

What are you particularly proud of that you have handmade?

Are there any costume techniques you would like to draw the judges attention to?

(Such as particular stitching used or new materials used, please list a breakdown of how you constructed this and include images if possible.)

How are you planning to bring your character to life on stage?

(Please list your performance choices such as voice, gestures and movement. 

Anything else you would like the judges to know?

(Please be as detailed as possible!)

Performance Information;

Performance details/microphone request:

(Prompts and anything else that you would like to request for your performance such as chairs/table etc.)


(If you want music please submit MP3 or WAV file AND bring a copy of your track on USB/CD labeled with your name and contact number just in case.) You may submit a direct youtube link in advance via email. 

Who can enter and what are the general rules?* 

The Costume Part:

  1. Any costume genre from Video Games, television, anime, manga etc may enter the masquerade.
  2. A costume qualifies as handmade if it is 80% your own work. We ask that you provide detail on your application form to explain how your costume has been made. The application form acts as a framework for you to provide this information. It is highly advisable you include construction photos and reference pictures for your application.
  3. An altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the craftsmanship category for those specific components which are heavily altered or handmade entirely. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and performance categories.
  4. Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.
  5. The competition is open for all ages, but if under the age of 13 please make sure to get parental consent.
  6. A small selection of places will be open to those who wish to present a performance piece but not be judged. These entrants will not be eligible for a prize.

    The Performance Part:
  7. You may enter and/or perform to music and/or use a microphone during your performance. If you do not provide music, generic music will be provided for you.
  8. Performances/Skits must be no longer than two minutes in length, please state if you are posing or the length of your skit time on your application form.
  9. We highly advise you to visit the cosplay desk no later than two hours before the event is due to start to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk your requirements for your performance may be refused.
  10. Arrive ready NO LATER THAN half an hour before the event is due to start.
  11. We ask and encourage you to spesifiy your requirements for your performance on your application form, but also to visit us early in the day to talk through all per formative elements requested. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to be played.

*All entrants must comply with the Cosplay Masquerade General Ruleset and Props Rules.


How will the competition be judged?

The inclusion of reference images and construction notes on your application will be viewed favorably with additional points awarded that count towards your overall score across all categories.


Craftsmanship 25%

The quality of costume, props and accessories; and how well these elements are made.

Performance 25%

Takes into account use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience; for example confident movements as well as general stage techniques used through performance.

Character Concept 25%

This category is judged based on execution of your character concept and a clear display of character choice, be it accuracy to a character, a creative interpretation (e.g Steampunk Harley Quinn or cross play) or character likeness.

Application Information Presented  25%

This category is judged based on the level of detail you include within your application form for the event itself, such as a break down of materials and techniques used and reference pictures. Construction photos carry the highest weighting in this category.

PLEASE NOTE: – The judge’s decisions are final once made.


  1. Cash Prizes will be awarded after the event has taken place directly to you. Please allow 2-6 weeks for processing time after the event has finished for prizes to arrive.
  2. Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.

General Cosplay and Masquerade Ruleset

Costumes must be appropriate for a family friendly convention and include enough coverage to be worn in public.

  1. Large items, such as wings, exceeding over two metres must be collapsed when on the convention floor. (Please contact us to check if you are worried about your costume dimensions at
  • The judge’s decisions are final once made.
  • All entrants must have a spare copy of their music track on USB.
  • We reserve the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.
  • Use of excessive or inappropriate language such as swearing, committing an act which is viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself or others while on stage will also be immediately stopped, and you may be disqualified from the competition.
  • You agree to be filmed and photographed during the event, all rights of this belong to the event itself.

General Props Rules 

Weapons and props must be approved by security/staff before allowed into the convention, this may include checks which will be carried out by the cosplay team. Decisions made by the venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only 

The general rule is; ‘Would it break before you do?” If your answer is ‘no’ here then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case we would recommend you leave it at home just so you don’t get disappointed once at the Convention.

  1. No live weapons (deactivated guns, metal knives or swords, live bows or slingshots) are expressly prohibited, weather sheathed and/or piece bonded.
  2. No pyrotechnics, explosives (including cap-guns) or incendiary items.
  3. No weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, even foam darts or water, unless it can be shown to be empty, with a clear brightly covered saftey tip and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop.
  4. No sharp bits or edges, make sure they’re sanded/rounded/padded/covered or otherwise protected adequately.
  5. No props made out of wood that is too heavy, large/ unwieldy (Blocks corridors/doorways or is likely to hit, hurt or inconvenience others.)
  6. No actions which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon.
  7. In all cases, the weapon or prop must be no longer than 1.6 m (5.2ft).
  8. Once outside of the convention hall please make sure you have a safe way to transport your props and that they are sufficiently covered.

Please be aware that that these rules are here to assure we have a safe Conventions for both Staff and Attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away please be so kind and do so or in an extreme case you might risk being escorted from the Convention. If you are in doubt whether or not you would be allowed to bring your prop please send photos and a description of the prop to


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