Updated: July 24, 2019

The Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay Contest takes place SATURDAY in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre (Main Theatre) at 5:15 PM.

Selected finalists will be judged on the quality of their costume as well as overall stage presence. The Official Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay Contest is a walk-on only presentation (no skits).

Please fill out the form linked below to pre-register for The Official Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay Contest. Pre-Registration is open online through Friday, July 26th.

Entrants are required to email 1-3 costume reference photos (this can be a screencap, photo, sketch, etc.) and 1-3 images of your costume (costume does not need to be complete) to: Failure to submit photos to the email address listed above will result in disqualification from the contest.


There is a capped number of pre-registration slots available, so be sure to sign up early to secure your spot for pre-judging! If you are unable to pre-register before the submission deadline, there will be a limited number of signups allowed on-site at the convention before pre-judging occurs on Saturday.

On-site registration will only be available on Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Gold Bubble Clothing booth in the Vendor’s Room. You do not have to be in costume. Availability is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Pre-Judging takes place SATURDAY at 3:00 PM in the DeForest Kelley Theater.

Please be prepared to spend 1-3 minutes discussing your costume and the creation process involved. We highly encourage entrants to bring reference materials (photos, fabric, printed descriptions) to help illustrate the costume construction, inspiration source for your creation, and level of skill used. Reference materials can be printed in a folder, binder, or housed on an electronic device such as a phone, tablet, or laptop. 

Failure to appear in time for pre-judging will result in disqualification from the contest.

Only 30 entries from the Pre-Judging portion will move forward to be part of The Official Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay Contest on the Main Stage in the Leonard Nimoy Theater.

Entries will be separated into the following three craftsmanship skill level categories:

ENSIGN - Beginner Level, suitable for anyone who has little to no experience making a costume (has never won an award).

LIEUTENANT - Intermediate Level, suitable for anyone who has some experience in costume making (may have won awards at other conventions).

CAPTAIN - Expert Level, suitable for those with experience making several costumes (may have won multiple awards for their skill at other conventions)

The Cosplay Contest organizers reserve the right to move any entry into a different craftsmanship skill level category should they feel the entry’s skill level exceeds the category they initially registered for.

A panel of amazing celebrity and expert judges will select winners for the following awards:

Ensign: Winner receives $500 gift certificate

Lieutenant: Winner receives $500 gift certificate

Captain: Winner receives $500 gift certificate

Best in Show: Winner walks away with a $1,000 gift certificate!

Note: Gift certificates are good for one year towards any Creation merchandise and tickets, including convention, autograph and photo-op tickets.

• All entrants must have a badge for the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention to be eligible to compete.

• Costumes are judged based on craftsmanship of the costume. Entrants must participate in pre-judging.

• Costumes must be of original construction (i.e. hand-made by you). Store-bought or “found” items may be incorporated into your costume, but the full costume cannot have been purchased or made by someone else.

• Purchased/commissioned costumes are prohibited from the Costume Contest, but are ideally suited for entry in the Costume Parade.

• Any pre-existing materials used in your costume should show a significant amount of modification.

• Costumes must be related to the Star Trek universe (i.e. re-creations of a character/costume or inspired original designs).

• All contestants must be at least 13 years old to enter. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Should a contestant be under the age of 13, a legal guardian or parent MUST be present at all times.

• You do not need to be the wearer of your entry, but you must be present with your model during the pre-judging and the contest (should you be a finalist).

• Group entries will be judged as if the entire group were one person.

• Costumes must provide enough coverage to be worn in public, and should be appropriate for a family-friendly show.

• Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up and down steps.

If you have any questions, contact the Costume Contest organizers at:

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