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Bento in Boston Art Contest

Our annual Art Contest is back again for it's 8th year and this year's theme is especially yummy:


Bento in Boston



We invite artists to express your love and appreciation of food and cuisine using your favorite mediums, as well as provide a colorful backstory and description (100 words or less) about your piece. When submissions become very close to call (and they have!), the backstory can give you that edge against the competition.



Grand Prize:

- One (1) complimentary 8-foot table space in the Anime Boston 2020's Artists' Alley 
- One (1) complimentary weekend badge for Anime Boston 2020.

Runner Up:

- One (1) complimentary weekend badge to Anime Boston 2020 
- One (1) guaranteed (not complimentary) table space* in the Anime Boston 2020 Artists' Alley.

Honorable Mentions:

- One (1) guaranteed (not complimentary) table space* in the Anime Boston 2020 Artists' Alley.

Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Honorable Mentions will also be featured on Anime Boston's social media and in the Anime Boston 2020 Art Gallery, located in the Hynes Convention Center 3rd floor hall. This prime location will increase your visibility beyong the walls of the Artists' Alley.

*All guaranteed table space in the Artists' Alley will be at least 6 feet in size. 8-foot table spaces may be allocated, depending on availability. Any such 8-foot table spaces will be allocated randomly. 

All entries will be posted and featured on our Photo Gallery and forums, along with information about the piece and artist.



Entries submissions will be judged on several criteria, including but not limited to:

- Adherence to Theme

- Creativity and Originality

- How Well Artwork Depicts Back Story

Judging will be done by the Anime Boston Social Media team. Results will be announced within 2 weeks of the Bento in Boston Art Contest's conclusion. The judging team will select one (1) Grand Prize Winner, one (1) Runner-Up Winner, and ten (10) Honorable Mentions.



- One entry per artist.

- All artwork must be your own original creations. 

- Artwork must not be fan-art. They cannot reference existing properties, including original characters in existing properties. For instance, refrain from using words like Gundam, Pokemon, etc.

- Artwork can be either 2D or 3D.

- 2D artwork should be either digital, or scanned from the physical artwork.

- 3D artwork should be submitted via photographs. We suggest multiple photographs of the piece to capture different angles. Be sure to give details of the process of making the work as well as sometimes the picture doesn't tell everything.

- Backstory text should be 100 words or less. This will be displayed along with your entry. Backstory test will not be proof-read or edited prior to judging. 

- Artwork can depict a single character, a scene, or even a comic format (such as 4-koma).

- Artwork should depict at least 1 character. Multiple characters in an entry are allowed, but will only count as one entry.

- Artists must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.

- Failure to adhere to these rules may result in disqualification from the contest.



All entries must be emailed to with the subject line: "2020 Art Contest". Make sure the file name is the title of your artwork.

Copy and paste in the email the following information:


Full Legal Name:

E-mail Address:

Title of Entry:

Backstory: (100 words or less)

Medium of Artwork:

Studio Name: (If Available)

Website: (If Available)

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (If Available)

Credit: (Legal Name, Pseudonym, or Studio Name)

Contact Information for Public: (Email, Website, etc.) You may choose up to 2 options.


All submissions must be received by Monday, September 30th, 2019 11:59 pm.


Other Rules:

- Anime Boston and the New England Anime Society, Inc. have the right to post and use all contest entries for promotional and programming content.

- Anime Boston and the New England Anime Society, Inc. will not have the right to sell the likeness of the artwork without the expressed written consent of the artist.

- Artists will retain the right to sell their artwork.

- Artists may withdraw their submission from the contest at any time before the contest concludes. 

- Prizes are not transferable, refundable, or exchangeable.

- Winners must abide by all rules and regulations of the Artists' Alley and Anime Boston.

- Artists who fail to accept the prize within 7 days of notification are subject to be removed from their placing in favor of another artist.

- Artists who decline their prize may be removed from their placing in favor of another artist.

- Staff of Anime Boston and the New England Anime Society, Inc. are not eligible to win Grand Prize or Runner-Up prizes.

- Anime Boston staff reserve the right to alter the rules of this contest at any time.

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