Host a Panel at AWA!

Hosting a panel at AWA is a fun way to get involved with the convention, put those thousands of hours of anime watching to use, make new friends, and even get a discounted or free membership to Anime Weekend Atlanta!

Panel submissions that get approved:

  • Directly involve anime, manga or other Japanese culture. For example, a well-planned proposal that features an anime will take priority over an equally well-planned proposal that features an outside fandom, such as American comics or movies. Having said that, we do have a certain amount of leniency, especially if the fandom is large (in other words, we’ve received a lot of proposals for it) or overlaps AWA’s main fandoms in some way, for example: tabletop games.
  • Are well-planned and have supporting materials. The proposal is our first glimpse of how you communicate and what you want to do at AWA. Make sure it’s well-written and try to include evidence that the panel will be successful. If you can’t include something in the online form (such as a picture) or a something changes after you submit, email it to panels@awa-con.com (make sure to include your name and the panel name for reference).
  • Are engaging and interactive. We like lectures, too, but a proposal that introduces a creative way to communicate with the audience really catches our eyes.
  • Are more than dressing in character and showing up. You can certainly submit “in-character” panels, but we’d like to see more than, “come ask your favorite character a question” in the description. If you have support for your panel going well in the past, such as videos, we’d like to see that, too.
  • Don’t involve physicality. We know that “battle chess” and other such games are super fun, but we don’t have the room or oversight to make sure they run safely, unfortunately.
  • Aren’t speed or blind dates. You can definitely submit a proposal, but please know that we’re pretty strict with planning these sorts of events. We have to make sure that all our guests are comfortable and safe, after all. That being said, AWA is a huge gathering of people with interests just like yours – any event could be the place you meet your new best friend!
  • Panels for all audience age groups are welcome, just make sure to let us know your panel is 18+ if it is for more adult audiences!
  • If you have any other questions about this information or the panelist proposal form, please send an email to panels@awa-con.com.

Panel submissions for 2021 are now closed. Please email us at panels@awa-con.com if you have any questions or concerns!

What happens to your panel once it is submitted?

Once you submit your proposal online ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 31st, 2021, you will see a confirmation page that lets you know we have received your panel. You will also receive an email with a confirmation of the panel being in the review process. If you do not see the confirmation page, we have not received your panel!

  • Your panel will be entered into the decision process.
  • The committee will meet roughly once a week to place proposals in one of three categories
    • Approved
    • Tentative
    • Denied
  • You’ll be notified of your status via email as soon as possible. We will do our best to send out updates weekly through September 1st. There will be a second round of status updates by September 28th for anyone that is placed in the tentative category in the first round.
  • During the decision process, we’ll also be in touch with any questions we have about your proposal. Because of this, we ask that you check your email regularly, at least once a week, and white list emails from *@awa-con.com

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. We are continuing our system of rolling acceptances this year instead of making all the decisions in one batch. While we still like to choose the best panel possible, submitting early may increase your odds of being chosen since there will be less to compare it to.

Submit your Panel