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AMV Contest

Put your favorite video games and anime to the ultimate soundtrack! Combine video and music in a beautiful AMV (anime music video) that can move audiences to laughter or tears...or maybe even 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 AMV showings, where we’ll screen the entries in both categories!

Art Contest

Break out your paints, pencils, clay, and canvases and come be part of Naka-Kon’s third annual art contest! Submit fanart 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 Cosplay Con Crunch Competition (IC4)

This new event is an Iron Chef-style project where teams of up to five will compete using their creativity, cooperation, and a random assortment of materials. Teams will create a theme-matching cosplay only with supplies provided at the event, all within a 60 minute time frame. Anyone can join in on the fun and there will be prizes for participants and lucky audience members!

Iron Fic

Sharpen your pencils, refill your ink, and stretch that wrist because Iron Fic Naka-Kon is back! Join us for a grueling hour of creative writing tension. Can 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 for BJDs (ball-jointed dolls)! Create a new look within the allotted timeframe and prove that you can handle any fashion challenge.


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