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Win a trip toTokyo, Japan

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 Madman Anime Festival Melbourne.  1st place winners from each preliminary round as well as up to 2 judges wild card entries will compete in the final event.

2019 Championship Round Dates

Please note, dates for each round and where they will be taking place have been changed significantly for 2019. Please ensure you are entering at the correct event.
Please note there will not be a Tasmanian round in 2019. The Melbourne round will also be taking place on the SATURDAY of Madman Anime Festival Melbourne 2019 with the winner going onto the finals on Sunday.

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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.

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

Please take special note that all rounds at Madman Anime Festival will be taking place on SUNDAY. All other rounds will be taking place on Saturday.

Cosplay Profile Entry Form

Enter today! Submit your entry by filling in all details in this handy entry form.

Entry Submission Form

Terms & Conditions

Download Terms & Conditions

Entry Submission Closing Times for MNCC 2019

NZ – Auckland
Sunday, 2 September 

Sunday, 17 February

Sunday, 28 April

Sunday, 31 March

Sunday, 16 June (Extended!)

Sunday, 18 August

MNCC FINALS(Melbourne)
Sunday, 18 August 

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 audio/video 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 Melbourne.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Melbourne in a standard room at a hotel determined by the Promoter (twin share for teams)
  • Entry for all entrants into Madman Anime Festival Melbourne. Up to 3 additional passes per team are also available for your helpers.

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

Second Place:

  • Second Place Trophy
  • $1,000 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.

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