Panel Application

Programming is responsible for panel applications and running the rooms where panels, workshops, and screenings are held for HBCU Con. Do you want to excite the community with your geek passion? Do you have an awesome short film to share? If running a fan panel or workshop is something you’re interested in, then you should submit an application for HBCU Con 2021!  Please make sure to review our guidelines before submitting your application.


Vendor Application

Toss a coin to your vendor….Oh yeah!!! Do you have a lot of merch and wares to showcase? Become a vendor and show off any video games, plushies, snacks, figures DVD boxsets, and more!  Show us what you got. The Virtual Marketplace at HBCU Con is our special unique flavor of a vendor hall. Vendors and artists are intermingled with each other to create a unique shopping atmosphere. The selection of vendors and artists in our marketplace is done through an application system. Applications are evaluated based on the quality of goods, and the final lineup strives to have a diverse representation of vendors and artists from the many categories that apply.

Deadline is April 15, 2021, 11:59 PM EST

HBCU Con Mascot Contest

HBCUcon is calling on all artists to submit artwork for the mascot contest. This mascot will the embodiment of the total HBCU experience. The theme for this contest is “Superhero Drum Major”. Entry deadlines is April 15th, 2021, 11:59 P.M. Be sure to enter soon for the grand prices and more!

Prizes and Considerations:

  • 1st Place: $100 Michaels gift card and their character will be the official mascot of the HBCUcon.
  • 2nd Place: $50 Michaels gift card.
  • 3rd Place: $25 Michaels gift card.


  1. No NSFW images
  2. the character must be black
  3. Contestants can submit up to 2 pieces of art
  4. All submitted images must be a hi-res JPG file
  5. Submitted artwork must include: Name (First & Last), School, Phone Number and Social Media Handles (Instagram/ twitter)
  6. Original artwork only

Submit all work to with the subject line mascot contest

The winner will be announced at HBCU Con on April 24th, 2021.

HBCU Con Cosplay Contest

Welcome to the HBCU Con Virtual 2021 Costume Contest. Submissions are due by April 15th at 7 p.m. The winners will be revealed during the live event on April 24th.


Contestants will be split into three (3) categories:

  • Adult (age 18 and Up)
  • Teen (age 12-17)
  • Kid (age 5-11)
  • Each contestant will provide a video of costumes, no longer than 20 seconds, showing all sides of the costume. Video and pictures of the costume will be accepted.
  • You must have made/altered at least 75% of your costume, unless it is a Closet Cosplay, in which case please label it as a Closet Cosplay.
  • Be sure to record videos in GOOD LIGHTING, with CLEAR and AUDIBLE SOUND, and with GOOD FOCUS! Videos should be filmed in landscape, with a 16:9 FHD 1920×1080 setting. Files should be loaded to a downloadable source (please provide a link).
You must provide a brief description of the cosplay:
  • Please provide your name and/or cosplay name
  • Who is the character?
  • What series and genre are they from?
  • How long did it take to make it?
  • What percentage of it did you make yourself?
  • Where can we find you on social media?

All images/videos received will be publicly posted on the HBCU Con website, FaceBook, and Twitch. By submitting images/videos to HBCU Con, you are granting HBCU Con permission to post them publicly on those and other sites, and to use them as publicity and in documentation for HBCU Con in this and future years.

Photos will be directly embedded on the sites. Depending on the format of your video, HBCU Con will either directly embed it on HBCU Con’s sites or post a link to it.

HBCU Con reserves the right to refuse cosplays deemed offensive in nature.


The HBCU Con Costume Contest will take place Saturday April 24th, 2021. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories during the live Zoom of the Costume Contest.


Best in Show: Judges’ Choice on overall best rated submission
First Runner up: Judges’ Choice
Second Runner up: Judges’ Choice


First Runner up: Judges’ Choice
Second Runner up: Judges’ Choice 


First Runner up: Judges’ Choice
Second Runner up: Judges’ Choice

HBCU Con Exec Choice

Honorable Mention (Adult): Executives’ Choice
Honorable Mention (Teen): Executives’ Choice
Honorable Mention (Kids): Executives’ Choice 

Contest winners will be notified by email after the contest has finished for mailing and other contact information. Prizes will be shipped approximately two weeks after the contest.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We cannot wait to see your costumes on our virtual stage!



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