Anime Weekend Atlanta®
September 24th-27th, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia
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AWA 2014 Costume Contest

The Costume Contest is AWA's premiere cosplay event. The contest is a pre-judged event. We offer judging appointments on Saturday morning with a presentation on Saturday night. Registration is available on Friday morning at 10 AM until late in the evening and again on Saturday morning until noon. There are limited spaces available. So, register as early as you can!

We have changed our award structure slightly this year. We are offering twelve awards this year. Each of our three judges will be given a single award to present. Then, we offer four awards for the following categories: Anime, Manga, Video Game, and Other Media. Other Media covers all other categories, including film, TV, Original Design, and other fandoms. Lastly, we offer four skill awards for Youth, Novice, Journeyman, and Master. 

This year we are introducing a new annual award to match the convention's theme. To celebrate AWA's 20th anniversary we are creating an 'Old School' award. This award is to recognize the best costume from any fandom that is 20 years old or older. Be sure to check the dates on your favorite show before entering in this category. (Hint: Evangelion is only 19 years old. Only.)

Below are the rules and entry forms for the contest. Feel free to print them and bring them to the convention, but if you forget them, we will have plenty on site. 

Contest Rules

Individual Entrant Form

Group Entrant Form

We look forward to another amazing year and seeing you at the show!

Announcing the 2014 Costume Contest judges! Frank Puricelli, Deanna Venable, and Matt Silva

Frank Puricelli, AKA The Wicked Tailor, learned how to sew at the age of 8 from his grandmother who was a professional seamstress. It wasn’t until 2006 however, when he finally put those skills to work and started cosplaying. Frank specializes in historical costuming, Steampunk and prop building. Because of this, many of his costumes take on a 19th century theme, but he also enjoying cosplaying anime, comic and video game characters. At AWA 2010, Frank entered his first cosplay contest where he won Best in Show Novice. Over the years he has continued to take many costuming and prop building awards including “Best in Show Journeyman” at Dragon Con 2013’s Friday Night Costume Contest. Recently at Momocon 2014, he formed one half of a gender-bend Male Elsa and Anna group from the Disney movie Frozen, and took the award for “Best Group” in the costume contest.

Deanna Venable of Hatstall House Cosplay was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Throughout her life she always had a love of sewing and costuming, fostered by her grandmother who was a seamstress. During her teen years she and her family moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where she attended an international school that had an exceptional theater department. From that, she developed a passion for costuming and Cosplay, which she has been doing for seven years. She went to Savannah College of Art and Design and got a degree in Fashion Design, and now works as a seamstress and professional Costume Designer for film and stage.

Matt Silva of Black Tie FX, is an Atlanta based cosplayer/ prop and makeup artist. He has risen quickly in the special effects and makeup industry as a freelance artist both locally and nationally. Some of his past work has been featured in screen and television such as The Walking Dead, Big Momma's House 3 and Zombieland. Recently, he was featured on the SyFy original television series Face Off for Season 6 as a contestant. Matt’s expertise is working with encapsulated silicone, foam latex and prosthetic transfers.

If you have any questions, contact me at

Patrick Sinclair

AWA Cosplay Director