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2nd MCPO AWARD Illustration Section|Contest - MediBang!

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Your illustrations are part of the future!

The MCPO AWARD was previously held in 2016 and 2017 and received a great deal of submissions.
Now it’s back once again! We encourage people from all over the world to send in their work to the manga and illustration sections for the 2nd MCPO AWARD.
This time there are even more chances for previous winners to show off their stuff.
New prizes are also available which has increased your chances of winning an award!
We want everyone to turn their passion into something amazing and send us their best work.

What is the Manga CPO?

Manga CPO is the official name of the Manga Contents Promote Organization.

It is a nonprofit organization that pursues new possibilities for manga and aims to connect the world by creating new content.

There are a variety of people involved with the Manga CPO such as manga creators, manga researchers, illustrators and writers. They participate in events and international exchanges that are held by or with Manga CPO to discover and develop the talent of the next generation.

Check out Manga CPO’s website

What is the MCPO AWARD?

We think that the outstanding manga and illustrations
that we have are like “content seeds”
that will grow in connection with animation, games,
and a variety of other media.
The MCPO AWARD was created to find the
next generation of creators and produce new “content seeds”.

Our hope is that this contest will be the start of a content
business that goes beyond all borders.
We look forward to your submissions.

The last thing that we’d like to say is a sincere
thank you to MediBang and all of the people who helped to
make this collaboration possible.

Thank you very much.

MCPO Executive Committee

Illustration Section

We want to see illustrations that look like they have a character and a story behind it!

Grand Prize
¥150,000 and Worldwide Publication!
Excellence Award
Distinction Award

Submission Details

  1. Any theme or genre
  2. Must be in JPG or PNG format (Max. File Size: 30 MB)

This is the special judge for the Illustration Section of the MCPO AWARD.

Haruhiko Mikimoto

Haruhiko Mikimoto is from Tokyo.

In 1980 he participated in an original project by Studio Nue. He then went on to do the character design for numerous popular and well-known works such as The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Megazone 23, Gunbuster, and Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. He thrust original and polished character designs for anime in the spotlight and received overwhelming support for it.

He currently does a variety of work such as illustrations, comics, and character designs for games. His latest work includes the original character design for anime such as Tytania and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.

Other famous illustrators will be a part of the judging panel as well.

Public Judging and Awards Ceremony

July 1st 2018 Fukuoka Art Museum


Judging begins at
10:30 a.m.
Award Ceremony starts at
3:00 p.m.

Manga Section

Enter in 3 easy step

  • 1Draw a illustration

  • 2Check the box next to the banner


  • 3Submit to ART street


Submission Details

Entry Period
January 12th - March 31st 2018 at 23:59 (JST)
Entry Format
Manga Section
・Manga must be a one-shot story

・No longer than 30 pages in total
・Must be a completed work (scripts and rough drafts will not be accepted)

・No designated page order (pages can be ordered from left to right, right to left, or vertically)

Illustration Section
・Must be in JPG or PNG format (Max. File Size: 30 MB)
How to Enter
Manga Section
1. Register as a user on MediBang.
2. Click on Creators Submit here at the top of the MediBang website.
3. Click Submit on the MediBang Creators page.
4. Go to the Comics tab, select your file type and then upload your file(s).
5. Click Submit when you're finished.
6. On the Submissions page, scroll down to Details and then click Edit.
7. Give your work a Title and add the Tag「2ndMCPOmanga」 before saving your settings.
7. Click Complete.
8. Click Publish on MediBang when you are finished.

Illustration Section
1. Register as a user on MediBang.
2. Click on Creators Submit here at the top of the MediBang website.
3. Click Submit on the MediBang Creators page.
4. Click on the Illustrations tab and then upload your file as a JPG or PNG.
5. Give your work a title, write a description under Desc and then add the tag「2ndMCPOillustration」 before publishing your work.
6. Click on Submit & Publish.
How to Claim the Prize
The prize money will be sent to the entrant's MediBang account using their PayPal, or wired to their bank account (the winner will accept the responsibility of any associated wiring fees).
Participation is open to everyone from pros to amateurs.

Entrants may enter as a team.

Entrants must own all the rights to the work that they submit and publish it as free to read. The submission must not have been published in any commercial magazine or on any commercial website.
Manga Section
Grand Prize: ¥300,000 and Worldwide Publication
Excellence Award: ¥200,000
Distinction Award: ¥100,000
*Special GANMA! Prize: Published on the GANMA! website

Illustration Section
Grand Prize: ¥150,000 and Worldwide Publication
Excellence Award: ¥100,000
Distinction Award: ¥50,000
Entries that are not in Japanese
Entries that are in English, Korean, or Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) can be submitted as is.
The MediBang translation team will handle them.
By entering in this contest, you are agreeing to all the terms and conditions detailed in the Contest Rules, so please read them thoroughly before you enter.

With the cooperation of:
Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center, MediBang Inc., Beaglee Inc., Sougeisha Inc., Busan Manga Solidarity, and Cross FM
Supported by:
Fukuoka City, Nishinippon Shimbun Co. Ltd., Kyushu Economic Federation, Asianbeat Fukuoka Japan, and Television Nishinippon Corporation
Sponsored by:
Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting Corporation Co. Ltd., Wacom Co. Ltd., SKO Co. Ltd., Kureomiku Co. Ltd., Miyake Kampo, WAO! Co. Ltd., JTB Kyushu Corp., and Kappado Honpo Co. Ltd
Presented by:
Manga Contents Promote Organization and the Fukuoka City Science Museum

Please register and enter the contest!