What's Open

Otakon 2018 Status Page

This page lists the status of applications and forms for Otakon 2018 which will be available from our website.

Online Member Registration

Open: Feb. 26, 2018, 12:30 p.m. - Aug. 9, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

"Early Bird" discount rates available for the first 10,000 members or until April 30, whichever comes first.

Dealers Hall Booth Application

Open: Dec. 14, 2017, 7 p.m. - Aug. 10, 2018, midnight

Cosplay Coordination

Closes: July 20, 2018, 6 p.m.

The Otakon Cosplay Coordination department helps facilitate and promote cosplay photoshoots at 4 new locations at the WEWCC.

Masquerade Registration

Open: June 22, 2018, 9 p.m. - July 27, 2018, 9 p.m.

The Masquerade is designed for costumers who wish to perform a short skit on stage, or whose costume would be best presented in an on-stage format. For costumers who wish to have their costume judged but do not want to perform a skit (i.e. a walk-on entry), we recommend entering the Hall Costume Contest.

Gofer Registration

Open: March 25, 2018, 3 p.m. - Aug. 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Would you like to Volunteer at Otakon? Register to be a Gofer! Deadline Extended!

Hall Costume Contest Registration

Open: July 1, 2018, noon - Aug. 1, 2018, noon

The Hall Costume Contest is a contest that deals specifically with the quality and workmanship of the costume itself. There is no performance element - it is a quiet scheduled judging session where you speak to the judges and tell them about the details of your work.

Press & Industry Registration

Closes: Aug. 3, 2018, 6 p.m.

To receive press credentials to cover Otakon, please apply online.

Anime Music Video Submission

Closes: July 2, 2018, 1 a.m.

So, you want to submit your AMV to Otakon 2018? Who doesn't?! Deadline: Your submission must be received (not postmarked) by Monday July 2nd, 2017 or have finished uploading by 1:00 AM EST.

LARP (Live Action Role Play)

Open: Oct. 20, 2017, 11:59 p.m. - April 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Sign-Ups may be available during Otakon. The NEW CHARACTER registration cut off is 11:59pm on December 5th, 2017.

Maid Cafe Performer Applications

Closes: May 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

Otakon is looking for cheerful, outgoing people to perform as Maids and Butlers in the Otakon Maid Cafe!

Live Programming Application

Open: Feb. 12, 2018, noon - April 7, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Panelist & Workshop Presenters

Artist Alley Professional Row Table Application

Open: Dec. 5, 2017, 7 p.m. - Dec. 20, 2017, 9 a.m.

Applications open December 5th, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST and will remain open until after the first wave of Standard Table Acceptances are sent out.

Artist Alley Unlimited Table Application

Open: Dec. 5, 2017, 7 p.m. - Dec. 20, 2017, 9 a.m.

Applications open Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST and will remain open until all Unlimited Booths are sold.

Artist Alley Standard Table Application

Open: Dec. 6, 2017, 7 p.m. - Dec. 8, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

Applications open December 6th, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST and will remain open for 2 days until December 8th, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.