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Working with the Sheraton Hotel, Overland Park Convention Center, and the City of Overland Park, it was decided to not hold Naka-Kon 2020 the weekend of March 13-15, 2020.

Due to scheduling constraints, we have decided rather than postpone until later to instead cancel Naka-Kon 2020, and concentrate our efforts on developing Naka-Kon 2021. This decision is based on the information we have regarding logistics and availability of our facilities.

This decision was very difficult to make, but we feel is the best course of action for continuing our mission of providing a quality celebration of Japanese popular culture.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

However, due to the extenuating circumstances presented by the current COVID-19 outbreak, we are waiving our refund policy. We are also providing the option of rolling 2020 Memberships over to the 2021 convention in lieu of a refund. Please complete this form to let us know what you wish to do. If no reply to the form is given by March 27, 2020, then purchased badges will be automatically deferred and valid for Naka-Kon 2021. Badge refunds will start processing shortly but please be aware that due to the number of refunds involved it will likely be a couple weeks before all refunds are processed.

We appreciate your support for Naka-Kon and we will see you in 2021!


Celebrate your creative talents and compete against other Naka-Kon attendees for fabulous prizes!

Whether you enjoy writing, video editing, singing, or creating art, we have something for you! Contest registration will be held in the Willow room, on the lobby level of the Sheraton Hotel.

Contest Registration Location & Hours:
Willow room, Sheraton lobby level

Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Check the schedule for contest times!

AMV Contest

Show off your skills when you put your favorite video games and anime to the ultimate soundtrack! Let these two media combine into a beautiful AMV (anime music video) that can move audiences to laughter or tears…or maybe both! Whether it’s heartbreaking dramas or fierce action, wow us with your technical know-how and artistic talent. Videos with content (language, violence, or sexuality) above a PG-13 rating must enter our 18+ contest. Want to see what your fellow AMV fans have created? Don’t miss the AMV showings where we’ll screen the entries in both categories!

Art Contest

Break out the paints, pencils, clay and canvases and be part of Naka-Kon’s third annual art contest! You are welcome to submit fan art based on Japanese works as well as original artwork inspired by Japanese history, art, or culture. Entries will be displayed in an art gallery open to all attendees!

Iron Fic

​Are you prepared for the battle of your literary life? Sharpen your pencils, refill your ink, and stretch that wrist, because Iron Fic Naka-Kon is back! Join us for one grueling hour of creative writing tension. Can you make your fanfiction stand above the rest and earn the title of Iron Fic Champion?

Karaoke Contest

Break out the music and find the microphones…our karaoke contest is back! The time has come to show off your mad singing skills and rock your favorite Japanese songs.

Project Cosplay BJD

If you thought rushing to finish an outfit for the cosplay runway was hard, try doing it in miniature! Project Cosplay BJD is our take on Project Runway — but for BJDs (ball-jointed dolls)! Create a new look within the allotted time frame and prove that you can handle any fashion challenge!