2019 Epic Reads Costume Contest

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One of our favorite parts of TTBF is to admire the many imaginative and spectacular costumes attendees design to wear at the festival. This is why we are excited to continue our partnership with Epic Reads to bring you our 4th Annual Costume Contest at TTBF 2018! This is your chance to dress up as your favorite literary character. Will you be a hero or a villain? Will you honor a Hogwarts House or show your allegiance to a Great House from Westeros? Or will you rune yourself as a Shadowhunter and be ready to defend festival goers from forces of darkness? The possibilities are endless! We want to see your passion, ingenuity, and spirit shine through in your costume.

On the day of the festival be sure to stop by the Epic Reads banner dressed in your full costume and snap a few shots in your creative gear. A few lucky winners will go home with fun literary prizes, generously provided by Epic Reads.

All of the ins and outs about the contest are available in our FAQs page. We’d love to see the progress you’re making on your costume. Tag us @txteenbookfest and #TTBF, and @EpicReads. We can’t wait to see which characters will be at TTBF 2019!


How can I cosplay my favorite character at TTBF?

Put together a creative, funny, or imaginative costume of your favorite LITERARY character and wear it.

What do you mean by literary character?

Any character that has ever appeared in a book. Period. Doesn’t matter if the TV show or movie or comic book came first. If they’ve appeared in a book you can dress up as them!

What if I want to enter the contest?

The contest will be held in the iTent this year. Time to be announced. A few lucky winners will go home with fun literary prizes, including brand NEW books generously provided by Epic Reads.

What if I don’t want to enter the contest?

That’s okay too! However, we are asking everyone in costume check in at the Epic Reads banner. There will be a photo booth set up so you can take fun pictures in your costumes!

What about toy weapons and masks?

Sorry, but your character will need to leave their weapon props at home. As for masks, they may only be worn during the actual contest. Please remove them otherwise.

What if I don’t know how to make a costume?

All costumes are welcomed. It doesn’t make any difference if they are homemade, found, magically appear, purchased, or rented.

What categories are the awards going to be in?

There will be five chances to win! We will be looking for:

  • Best in Show
  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
  • Best duo/group

How will the winners be determined?

Our judges are cos-players who love books too! So it’s safe to say they will be looking at all of your costumes with the same enthusiasm that you prepare them with! So have fun, because we guarantee that will show in your work!

You didn’t answer my question and I still don’t know what to do?

That’s okay! There is more information to come and we will gladly answer any questions you have! If you any questions that are just bursting out of you, email ttbfinfo@texasteenbookfestival.org and Shawn will gladly answer any questions you have!

See you on October 12!!!