Are you ready to take your Cosplay to the next level?

SMASH & WCS Australia brings you the World Cosplay Summit Competition, giving  you & a close friend the chance to compete in cosplay together & win yourselves a trip to Nagoya, Japan & the opportunity to participate in the World Cosplay Summit Japan 2018, with currently 35 countries competing.


The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is a competition focused around cosplay (costuming & performance), it is coordinated by WCS inc. The competition grows each year & currently unites 35 different countries & invites them to compete against each other every year during summer in Nagoya, Japan. Australia being one of those countries represented. The current list of countries participating is: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, U.K., India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, The United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, The Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico & Vietnam.

Each country gets to elect their best cosplay duo to represent their country. The competition is held every summer in Nagoya, Japan. There are numerous prizes to be won at this competition, with the most honored title being the World Cosplay Summit Grand Champion

The event typically spans over 10 days with multiple tourist location sights visits, Japanese cultural experiences & often getting to meet celebrities & Japanese Government officials.

It is a once in a life time experience like no other.


The WCS Australia organize WCS events across Australia, and to promote an affinity towards cosplay within the Australian community. The competition currently brings together currently 35 different countries and invites them to compete against each other every year during the summer in Nagoya, Japan; where in this process WCS Australia works hard to select Australia’s best cosplay duo by holding a pre-selection round just for Australia at SMASH!

The Winning cosplay Duo gets the Title of Australia’s World Cosplay Summit Representatives & win a trip together to Nagoya, Japan to represent Australia in the World Cosplay Summit Japan that following year.

In association with Japan Airlines (JAL), WCS Australia coordinates the Japanese leg of the finals held in Nagoya, Japan – with SMASH and JAL offering free flights for the winning team, and WCS Japan providing various support leading up to the event.

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To download the rules and procedures document, click here.

(The rules have been updated since last year, so be sure to read them thoroughly.)

For inquiries, please email: wcs@smash.org.au


Expression of interest form due:
11:59pm, 14th May 2017

Portfolio due date:
11:59pm, 6th August 2017

Preliminary Competition date and location:
SMASH! – Rosehill Gardens – 19th and 20th August 2017


To submit your Expression of Interest, fill out this template (here) and submit to wcs@smash.org.au.

Expressions of Interest are due on 11:59pm, 14th May 2017.

Why is this important? 
Although this is an optional part of your WCS entry, submitting an Expression of Interest means you get priority over last minute entries.
You get sent reminders for important deadline dates by WCS Australia.
You get notifications directly if rules change, or any other important competition related updates.
You’ll also get notifications for Rehearsal & Pre-judging times.


To submit your portfolio, fill out this template (here) and submit to wcs@smash.org.au.

Portfolios are due on 11:59pm, 6th August 2017.

This is a compulsory part of Participating in the World Cosplay Summit Competition.

Entries without portfolio submissions delivered by the due date will not be allowed to compete.

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