OverviewSubmission RulesJudging Process & CriteriaPrizes

Contest Information:

Have you been slaving over making a cosplay for months? Well join the cosplay contest to show us the product of your hard work!

Submission Rules:

  • This is a craftsmanship competition. Purchased accessories and props are ok, but you must have made at least 75% of the costume yourself.
  • Design must be from Final Fantasy XIV. Warriors of Light, NPCs, bosses, and creatures of all types are welcome as long as they’re in the game.
  • Your costume cannot have already received awards from another contest.
  • Your entry must include at least one (full body) finished photo of your costume while worn or on a mannequin. This will be featured when we announce winners.
  • You must have permission from your photographer if submitting photos from a photoshoot.
  • Please provide credits for your photographer and commissioned/purchased pieces (if applicable).
  • There will be a field to explain how you made your costume. Progress photos are encouraged but not required.
  • One entry per person.

Judging Process & Criteria:

Judging Process
  • Judges will be reviewing your submission based on the criteria listed.
  • Each submission can be scored up to 10 points per criteria per judge.
  • All scores of a submission will be tallied to a total score.
  • The submission with the highest score is the winner.
Judging Criteria

Your entry will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Technique - variety of techniques used such as sewing, armor/prop building, wig work, etc 
  • Craftsmanship - execution and quality of techniques
  • Complexity - Difficulty of design and attention to detail
  • Presentation - Progress documentation and finished costume photo*

*Entries submitting a full-body photo in an appropriate pose are recommended over selfies.


The prizes for the Cosplay Contest (IRL) are as follows:
  • First Place: 20 million gil (NA Data Center) + Choice of Dragon, Rabbit, or Cat accessory from TurtleSmithy + Painted Bust/Fullbody Color artwork from Pillowboat!
  • Second Place: 10 million gil (NA Data Center) + Choice of Rabbit or Cat accessory from TurtleSmithy
  • Third Place: 5 million gil (NA Data Center) + Ishgard Patch or Cat accessory from TurtleSmithy

Gil contributions provided by: Lrek, Arya Ranahiir, Akari Zanto, Diamond Dust Entertainment, Bedlam Aura, Sailysium Leingod, Og Mandino, Calia Balor, and other Anonymous donors in the FFXIV community!

If you wish to sponsor additional prizes or have any questions related to this contest, feel free to contact Malinda via Malindachancommissions@gmail.com

Meet our Judges and Sponsors!

Kyle and Malinda are a veteran cosplay duo that have been crafting costumes for almost 20 years and have been part of the FFXIV community since 2014. Both are well-rounded in a wide range of abilities and continue to learn more with every costume made. Over the years they have won numerous awards for their craftsmanship and performances, and they enjoy sharing their knowledge with others. In 2020 they became full-time creatives running their cosplay shop: TurtleSmithy.