Panel Submission

2017 Panel Submissions Are Now Closed

But please keep those great ideas coming and be sure to submit a panel next year!

Running a panel can be a lot of fun, and generally the format of the panel is up to you. However, AnimeIowa does have some general rules and guidelines that need to be followed if you wish to have your panel accepted.

  1. AnimeIowa is a family-friendly convention. All general panels are expected to be PG13. If you wish to hold a mature panel it must be marked 18+ in your submission and be able to be held during Late Night Panel Hours.
  2. Panel subjects must be related to Japanese or Fandom Culture. You want to talk about the economics of the Anime Industry? Sure, that relates perfectly! A panel on Wind Turbines however does not relate and will not be accepted.
  3. All panels must be submitted with an outline. You don’t have to tell us step by step what your panel will be, but the more details provided the better.
  4. No solicitation. Panels are meant to be fun events for all attendees not to promote businesses.

And that’s the main rules for submitting and hosting a panel at AnimeIowa! Have further questions? Check out our FAQ or send an email to 

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing all of you at AnimeIowa 2017!



When can I submit a Panel?

You can submit a panel any time during the Panel Submission Period. For AnimeIowa 2017 the submission period was from December 5th through April 1st.

Do I get to choose the time of my Panel?

While we cannot give you exact time choices, you can choose several time periods that you would like your panel to be held.

Will I get a confirmation email that my panel was submitted?

No. If you need a confirmation that your panel was submitted please ask in your submission form. Otherwise status emails will be sent out at a later date.

My panel was accepted but now I cannot attend AnimeIowa. What should I do?

Submit an email to and let us know as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the last minute if possible.

Are 18+ Panels accepted?

Yes, provided that you note them accordingly. Please note that all panelists must be over the age of 18 and the panel doors will be ID checked.

Does AnimeIowa provide any materials for my Panel?

All panel rooms provide screens and projectors, speakers and microphones. We also provide white boards & markers, paper and pencils upon request.

Does AnimeIowa accept performing arts?

Performing arts are handled on a case by case basis. If you are interested, please send an email to and we will open discourse. Please note that AnimeIowa has a no solicitation policy.

If I host a Panel can I get into the con for free?

No. At this time we are unable to provide free admission. We do however provide other perks for panelists.

Do I receive any perks for hosting a panel?

Yes! We have many perks for all panelists. Please see our forum thread here(link) for more details.

When will I know if my panel was accepted?

Status emails will be sent out to after the Panel Submission Period.

What do I do if I don’t know all the participants for my panel yet?

That’s alright. Just include the participants that you know and send us an email later with the others and we will get them added to the panelist list.

Will AnimeIowa work around my con schedule?

While we cannot cater to everyone, we can avoid scheduling your panel around big events or other specific panels. Just include this in your submission form.

How long will it take before I know when and where my panel will be held?

After status emails have been sent out for all submissions the paneling team will begin placing panels into the schedule. Once we have them plugged in you will receive an email with the details for your panel. If you have any concerns about your details just email us back!