Applications close December 24th. Submit your panel application now!


 

​We consider submissions from everyone. Proposals are evaluated both individually and against similar types of proposals. To help you focus your proposal, here's a list of items that will really get you noticed.

We like proposals for panels that:

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How it Works:

Now that you have a few guidelines, here's a quick rundown of how the process works:

  • You submit your proposal online ON OR BEFORE December 24th
  • Once your panel has been submitted, you will see a confirmation page that lets you know we have received your panel.
  • Make sure that you check your emails, in case one of our Track Directors need to contact you.
  • Your panel will be entered into the decision process.
  • The committee will meet roughly once a month to place proposals in one of three buckets
      • Approved
      • Tentative
      • Denied
  • You'll be notified of your status via email.
  • During the decision process, we'll also be in touch with any questions we have about your proposal.

It's important to note that this process isn't first-come-first-served. For example, if we get a really good proposal about something only loosely connected to anime early on, we'll often put it in the tentative bucket until we're sure we have space on the schedule.

Frequently asked Questions:

How can I make my proposal more attractive?

There are several tricks for writing good proposals, but here are a few that really make your proposal pop to us:

  • Proofread your work. Use word-processing software to create your write up, and have a knowledgeable friend look it over for you. This is our first look at how you communicate – and communication is key to a successful panel!
  • Take time to really explain your experience and why you're the best person to run this panel. If you've uploaded a video of panels you've hosted in the past, give us the link. If you have an online portfolio, give us the link. Take the opportunity to show us how awesome you are.
  • Make sure your content is relevant to the con. The world of fandom is wide and varied… and overlapping. First and foremost, Anime Blues Con focuses on anime, manga and other elements of Japanese culture. These panels take priority. If there are slots available or we receive an overwhelming amount of proposals, we do allow other fandom focused panels.

Basically, the more thought and planning you put into your proposal, the better. We should feel confident that you've covered all your bases when we read it.

 

How long until I hear back from you?

What devices do you support?

  • Currently, we support laptops (PC and Mac) only. We can't connect a tablet or phone to our system. If you plan to have a digital presentation, make sure you can run it from a laptop.
  • For audio, we have connections that go right into the headphone jack on your laptop. For video, we have standard VGA connections as well as Mac-to-VGA adapters, and accept HDMI connections.

 

I have no idea what kind of connections my device has. What should I do?

 

Will you have internet or WiFi?

Unfortunately, no, we do not have WI-FI available in the event rooms. Please save all files you need for your presentation in a way that you can bring with you, such as on a laptop or USB drive.


Can I give out food or do a panel that involves food?

Unfortunately, no. We will have to turn down any panels that require food as it is the convention center's policy to not allow it.


My panel wasn't accepted. Can I submit another one?

  • Absolutely! A denied proposal is often a really good learning experience.

 

How do you schedule panels and pick rooms?

  • After the panel has been accepted, we take a look at your preferred schedule and the overall schedule availability to decide when and where your panel will be.We work hard to make sure your event is scheduled during your preferred hours, but sometimes we can't. You'll be notified in advance if we can't make your preferred times. Room selection is done based on panel attendance numbers we've been gathering for the past several years. If we find that a certain type of event or specific fandom is super popular, we try to fit it into a larger room. Of course, sometimes, the schedule works out such that only a smaller room is available during your preferred hours. Please don't take this as a slight to your panel!