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KNC's 2019 Mascot Contest Full Guidelines & Rules

The 2019 Mascot Contest is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. The 2019 mascot will be announced during closing ceremonies at KNC 2018.

General Submission Guidelines

All submissions become property of the KuroNeko Cultural Association (referred to below as KNCA) for use in promoting KNCA, KuroNekoCon (referred to below as KNC), it's website, and related activities. Submitted artwork may be altered slightly to accommodate printing needs. No major alterations will be made to any artwork without the artist's express written or electronic consent.

Submitted mascots should incorporate the current theme of KNC's Mascot Contest, J-Fashion. Submissions are full body character illustrations that must include OtakuCat in the original cat form somewhere in the image. The default color scheme for OtakuCat and KuroNekoCon is green, although the color of paint on OtakuCat's tail may be changed if necessary. All art and characters must be original compositions. All artists must submit new original entries to participate in the 2019 contest. There is currently no limit to the number of entries each artist may submit.

Files type and size:
  • PNG file type. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. You may scan your image in for submission, as well as draw digitally.
  • If a version with a transparent background instead of white is available, this is preferred but not required.
  • 8.5" X 11" size or larger, at least 300dpi (roughly 2500x3300 pixels)
  • File name must follow the following naming convention: MascotSubmission2019_YourName

Submissions may not include: backgrounds, stand alone text, copyright protected characters, copyright protected fashion brands, or animated file formats.


The final winning mascot will be chosen by vote of KNCA Staff. The contest ends June 15th, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). The new mascot for KNC 2019 will be revealed at KNC 2018 closing ceremonies.

The most frequently any one artist may win is every other year. No artist may win 1st place two (2) years in a row. Submitted entries from the previous year's winner will be included in KNC's booklet but will not be considered for 1st place.

Artists may not post their entries online before the end of the contest for the sake of a fair and impartial contest. Artists may not post links to their entries on any KNC space (online or in print) before the end of the contest. If an artist is found posting or linking to their entries from the KNC forums or anywhere online before the end of the contest, their entries will be removed from the contest. Artists found to be publicly defaming other artists on KNC space (online or in print) will have their entries removed from the contest. Nudity (implied or actual), drug paraphernalia, or other non family-friendly content in submissions will be grounds for removal of those images from the contest. KNCA reserves the right to remove any submission it deems inappropriate.

KNC's 2018 Mascot Contest Prizes

1st Place:

  • $150 cash prize
  • Complimentary spot in the 2019 Artist's Alley
  • Artwork will be used as Official image on 2019 convention badges
  • Artwork will be used as Official Image on 2019 merchandise
  • Artwork will be used on the 2019 website, Facebook page, and additional online promotions
  • Select KNC merchandise

2nd Place:

  • $50 cash prize
  • Select KNC merchandise
  • Artwork may be used as Official Image on 2019 badges and/or merchandise

3rd Place:

  • $50 cash prize
  • Select KNC merchandise
  • Artwork may be used as Official Image on 2019 badges and/or merchandise


To submit an entry, fill out the form below and attach your entry. The contact information you supply for each entry is for internal use only and will not be shared.

If your entry is larger than 5 MB, please upload a scaled version of it that is less than 5 MB for use in judging and check the radio button in the form to let us know that a higher quality version is available. If an .ai, .eps, or other vector format is available you should upload that version.

If you have questions about the Mascot Contest, please contact the Graphic Design Coordinator at

Mascot(s) must be submitted to us by: June 15th, 2018 11:59:59 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).