Madman National Cosplay Championship


Hobart (wild card)

March 19

Gold Coast

April 9


June 18


June 25


July 16


September 3


September 24



November 12

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2014 Finalists

Have you got what it takes to be Australia’s top cosplayer? Enter into the Madman National Cosplay Championship to find out!
The grand finalist winner will win a trip for two to Japan including:
Return Economy airfare for 2 from your nearest capital city
7 nights twin share accommodation
7 day Japan Rail Pass for 2

Total Prize Value Approx $5,000!

We welcome entries for costumes that are from Japanese anime, manga, tokusatsu and video games. This contest is a celebration of Japanese anime and cosplay culture. If you are unsure whether your costume qualifies, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification.

If approved you will compete at a qualifying round in the event of your choice and compete for a place at the grand final event held at Supanova Expo Brisbane – November 11-13, 2016. 7 qualifiers as well as up to 2 judges wild card entries will compete in the final event in November. A new costume and skit must be created for the grand final event.

Preliminary Round Dates:

Hobart (Wildcard) (TAS) @ AI-CON Sat, March 19 (NEW!)
Gold Coast (QLD) @ Supanova Expo, Sat. April 9
Sydney (NSW) @ Supanova Expo, Sat. June 18
Perth (WA) @ Supanova Expo, Sat June 25
Adelaide (SA) @ AVCON, Sat July 16
Melbourne (VIC) @ Madman Anime Festival, September 3-4
Auckland (NZ) @ Overload, Sat September 24 (NEW!)

Please read through the full terms and conditions below for full entry details.

Entry Eligibility:

The contest is open to current Australian and New Zealand residents only. You may enter as an  individual or as a team of two (2).  Entry is only open to costumes that are from anime, manga, tokusatsu or a Japanese video game. You must also perform a skit as part of your entry. You will be required to submit a portfolio containing your previous cosplay experience as well as documentation of the costume that you will be competing with in the contest via email to Please use the forms below and follow the format and instructions in the documents. Costumes must be of your own creation. We will not be accepting entries with pre-bought costumes.

Cosplay Profile Forms

Click to start the online Cosplay Profile Form submission

Terms & Conditions

Download the Terms and Conditions

Entry Submission closing times for each round:

  • Hobart 11.59pm local time, Sunday, 21st February  2016
  • Gold Coast 11.59pm local time on Sunday, 13th March 2016
  • Sydney 11.59pm local time on Sunday,29 May 2016
  • Perth 11.59pm local time on Sunday, 5th June 2016
  • Adelaide 11.59pm local time on Sunday, July 3, 2016 (extended)
  • Melbourne 11.59pm local time Sunday, 7th August 2016
  • Auckland 11.59pm local time Sunday, 28th August 2016

We will review submissions and get back to you as soon as possible after the submission date. Late submissions will NOT be allowed entry. You must submit both your portfolio and skit on the due dates. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THESE SEPARATELY. You will be deducted marks for submitting your folios incomplete and without a link to your skit and photos.

The Prizes:

Preliminary Round Prizes:

First Place:

  • A $300 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher
  • Return economy class airfare for the finalist(s) from their nearest capital city to Brisbane.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Brisbane in a standard room at a hotel determined by the Promoter
  • Entry for all entrants into Supanova Expo Brisbane. Up to 3 additional passes per team are also available for your assistants.

Second Place:

  • $200 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Third Place:

  • $100 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Grand Final Prizes:

First Place:

  • Championship Trophy
  • 2 Return airfares from their nearest capital city to Tokyo, Japan
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 day Japan Rail Pass
  • Entry into an anime event in Japan

Second Place:

  • Second Place Trophy
  • $1000 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Third Place:

  • Third Place Trophy
  • $500 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Questions? Queries? Unsure about something? Please email and we will be happy to clarify any queries you may have. If you are looking at just entering into the regular cosplay contest,  please contact the relevant event. Supanova Expo | AVCON | AI-CON | OVERLOAD

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