Fan Fiction Contest


  • Stories must be based on characters and settings from any anime, manga, Japanese video game, or Japanese musical group. Stories based on cartoons, books, movies, or video games from other areas of the world may also be allowed as long as elements from Japanese culture are included. Two examples of this would be Avatar: The Last Airbender or Teen Titans, both of which have very heavy Japanese influences but were created in the United States. It will be at the discretion of the judges to decide whether an entry is eligible under these guidelines.
  • Crossovers are allowed.
  • Original characters are allowed, but must be within the setting of the chosen series/game/band and interacting with other fandom characters.
  • No completely original fiction will be accepted. Entries must be fan fiction.
  • Entries must be written by the person submitting them. No submissions will be accepted by proxy. All instances of plagiarism will result in disqualification from the contest and any future Fan Fiction Contests by Kumoricon.
  • Please have someone else proofread your entry. Judges may disqualify stories with extensive grammar and spelling errors.
  • Only stories rated K through M on the fiction rating system will be announced at Closing Ceremonies. Winning entries submitted under the 18+ category will be announced separately. Materials that are not correctly rated will be disqualified.
  • Winning entries previously entered in any Kumoricon Fan Fiction Contests are not eligible. However, a previously entered entry that has not won first or second place may be entered again.
  • Only completed works are allowed to be entered.


Entries will be judged in the following categories:

  • Drama
  • Action
  • Humor
  • Romance
  • One-shot
  • Multi-chapter
  • Drabbles
  • 18+
  • Novel (100,000 words or more)

Judges reserve the right to combine or create more categories as they see fit, depending on number of entries received.

Winners will be announced during Closing Ceremonies.


  • Entries should be single-spaced, with a line break between each paragraph.
  • Entrants must be present at Kumoricon 2016 to win.

Use the form below to submit digital files. Please make a separate submission for each entry.

Entries submitted at con will also need the following information submitted:

  • Your real name
  • Your pen name (optional)
  • Your email address
  • The title of your entry
  • Rating
  • Word count
  • A brief summary of your entry
  • The title(s) of the Japanese anime/manga/etc. franchise your entry is based on
  • Which categories (up to two) that you wish to submit your entry under


Novel entries (100,000 words or more) must be received online by 11:59pm on October 22nd, and cannot be submitted by hard copy.

All other entries (either online or brought in as a hard copy) must be received by 11:59pm on Friday, October 28th.

Please email for any questions.