Cover Contest

What Are We Looking For?

Original artwork for the cover of Survival Guide, the pocket-sized book with maps, schedules, and other con info. Entries may also be used on signs, website and merchandise.

All artwork submitted to the contest must feature our mascot, Hoppouno Momiji. Momiji can be dressed and posed as the artist chooses as long as she isn’t dressed like a copyright character and the pose does not mimic copyright artwork. Copyright characters will no longer be allowed as background or additional detail.

Artwork that is degrading or hentai, or that does not feature Momiji will not be accepted. You may include the logo and year in your entry, but it is not required. You can submit two versions, one with the year and one without.

The contest is open to all artists, amateur and professional. Entries must be submitted by individual artists only. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit.

Anime North staff members may enter and will be eligible for all categories including Grand Prize, However, in the case of a staff member winning, they would be unable to accept the Artist Alley table that is part of the Grand Prize.

How Do I Enter the Contest?

Read ALL of the Contest Guidelines carefully to be sure you understand them.
Please name each file you plan to submit as follows:
  • your_name_01.jpg
If submitting more than one piece, continue to number them:
  • your_name_02.jpg
  • your_name_03.jpg

This will make it easier for our contest organizers to keep track of all entries.

All entries must be at least 600dpi CMYK resolution to produce a good quality print. Low resolution copies can no longer be accepted.

The Survival Guide cover is 8.5" x 5.5" landscape with a 1" bleed all around so 10.5" x 7.5" total.

When your artwork is finished, there are two ways to submit it to us:

  1. Post your artwork to your own website. You can use any website you want as long as it can be accessed. Most ISPs include online space with your account, or you can use a picture hosting service like Deviant Arts or Photobucket. Send us an email with you real name, nickname (if you use one for your art), age if entering the young artist category, and an email address or phone number at which you can be reached. This is the most effective way if you want to submit a very large, high resolution file. Please be careful about making your entry available to the public before the contest deadline.
  2. Attach an electronic copy of your artwork in .jpeg format to an email with you real name, nickname (if you use one for your art) age if entering the young artist category and an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached. Send it to [email protected]

Submission Deadline

All email entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on April 6, 2024.  Winners will be announced shortly before the convention.


  • Grand Prize — A free weekend membership to Anime North, a free table in in the Artist Alley, and one full display panel in Gallery Momiji.
  • Runner Up (4 winners) — A 1/2 display panel in Gallery Momiji.
  • Young Artist (age 13 or under) — A free membership to Anime North for themselves and a parent or guardian.

If the winning artist has already purchased a Comic Market table, their fee will be refunded during the convention. If the winner is unable to use the Comic Market table, it may be carried over to the next year, once only, or released to the Comic Market Coordinator to reassign and a substitute prize provided.

Grand Prize winners under 18 years old will not be eligible for the Artist Alley table. In such a case, an alternative prize package will be awarded.

The Grand Prize winner will be decided by members of the organizing committee of Anime North. All decisions are final.

Contest Guidelines & FAQ

Who is Momiji?
Momiji is an average, lively 16 year old Japanese schoolgirl who comes to visit her friends in Canada one weekend every year and share her love of her own culture and interest in learning about ours.