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Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Manga Contest We’d like to thank everyone for participating.
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What is Kyoto International Manga Anime Award?

Kyoto International Manga Anime Award is an international competition for aspiring creators and manga artists, who want to make their professional debut through Kyoto.

The theme for the manga is anything you want. Please submit your best manga!

Past winners are successfully working in the industry!

2020 Gene

Gene is serializing "wei guang de zhao huan shi" (Summoner of Faint Light) in Ever Glory Publishing (Taiwan)

2019 YingFu

The "Ouryo Kishi" is being serialized in "Monthly Shonen" by Tongli Publishing (Taiwan).

2018 Hsun

The 2018 Grand Prize work "She and He" is serialized on Jump + (Shueisha / Japan)

2017 Jōshō

In 2019, the serialization of "Kyumeijin-Tokinowa" ended and is now being sold in volumes published by Tongli Publishing (Taiwan).

2016 nyaroro

"Wake Ari Yakushi no Mankakucho" is serialized in "P Fantapy Monthly" by Square Enix (Japan). In February 2020, they are selling it in volumes. The Grand Prize 2016 "Debug-Notebook User Manual-" has a stage adaptation and will be performed in 2021.

2015 ANTENNA牛魚

Made their serialization debut in Shogakukan (Japan) magazine "Hibana".

Prize

Grand Prize Award
(One of the best contents from among the prize-winning works in the manga, illustration, and CG animation contests.)

100,000 yen + invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair(Announcement at the award ceremony)

Excellence Award(1 artwork)

50,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair

Runner-up Award(1 artwork)

30,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair

Finalist(3 artwork)

10,000 yen

Special Jury Award
(One content that the judges recognize as the best among the works that did not win a prize in the Manga, Illustration, and CG Animation contests.)

10,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair

The winners will be invited to Kyoto, Japan!

The results will be announced on this page in early September, and the winners of the Grand Prize, Excellence Award, Runner-up Award, and Judges' Special Award will be invited to the award ceremony scheduled to be held in Kyoto City on September 17 (Friday)!

The grand prize will be announced at the awards ceremony.

You will also be invited to the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair (Miyakomesse) on September 18th and 19th!

・The round-trip transportation expenses and accommodation fees (for one person per prize) will be taken care of by the organizer! They will also make arrangements for an interpreter.

Invitations will be extended to the Grand Prize, Excellence Award, Runner-up Award, and the Judges' Special Jury Award.
* There is a possibility that the event may be canceled or held online due to the new coronavirus. The details about that will be updated frequently.
* The alternative prizes for those who cannot travel to Japan due to the coronavirus are under consideration.
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Your shortcut to a professional debut!

【For the winners】

The prize-winning works of the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Award Manga Contest" will be displayed at KYO-MAF, and the secretariat of the Kyoto International Manga Contest will recommend the prizewinners of the contest to all participating editorial departments in the Manga Business Trip Editorial Department at KYO-MAF. You might get an offer from a successful editor!

【Other options besides winning!? 】
Introducing the Illustration Scouting System!

About 60(tentative) manga editors will participate in the Manga Business Trip Editorial Department at KYO-MAF. If an artwork catches their eyes, and they want to offer a job to the artist, they can do that through MediBang. Even if you don't win, you might receive an individual job offer!

(There is a possibility that the event may be canceled or held online due to the new coronavirus. The details about that will be updated frequently.)

Special Review!

Judge

Shueisha Shonen Jump editor, Shonen Jump+ person in charge

Shihei Rin

He entered Shueisha in 2006.
He belongs to the editorial department of Weekly Shonen Jump.
Currently in charge of "SPYxFAMILY", "Chainsaw Man", "HEART GEAR", and "Dandadan".
Works he released in the past are "Blue Exorcist", "Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life", "Fire punch", "Kemono Jihen", "Left-handed Ellen", "Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku", "Kakko Kawaii Sengen!", ”Moonland" and many others.

Judge

LINE Digital Frontier Inc. Alliance Promotion Department, Editorial Manager

Takema Fujita

After working for Bunkasha Inc. and SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd. and experiencing various magazines such as 4-panel magazines and youth magazines, he joined "LINE Manga" as an editor in 2019.
He is currently in charge of "Literary Virgin" and "Clevatess The King of Beasts, the Babe, and Cadaverous Champion."

Judge

Mag Garden Corporation Kansai Division Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Ryosuke Goto

Since joining the company in 2014, he has been involved in the Monthly Comic Garden and the launch of MAGBOX, a collaborative label with Manga Box. He was previously in charge of "PYGMALION", "Meikon No Chigiri", and "Joker Game: The Animation". Now, he is mainly involved in discovering and nurturing writers living in regional areas through Web Comic Magazine "MAGKAN", which is operated by Mag Garden Kansai Division (Umeda, Osaka).

Enter in 4 easy step

  • 1Draw a manga

  • 2Check the box next to the banner

    Required!

  • 3Submit the participant formSubmit to ART street

    Required!

  • 4Submit to ART street

    Submit

Users outside of Japan can use MediBang translation

  • 1Submit manga

  • 2MediBang translates

  • 3Judging commences

*Limited to English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional).

Submission Details

Entry Period
May 10, 2021 (Mon) - July 26, 2021 (Mon) 5PM * Japan time
Entry Format
・JPG, PNG, PSD, MDP(File size: Under 30MB)
・No designated page order (pages can be ordered from right to left, left to right, or even top to bottom)
・Color / Black and white are also welcome.
・No limit on the number of pages (The recommendation is between 16 to 45 pages)
・The acceptable languages are Japanese, English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional).
・It must be an original manga
・The genre is not specified
Qualification Requirements
Applicants who wish to be a manga artist or illustrators who wants to make a professional debut in Japan (nationality is not an issue)
Applicants who are willing to participate in the award ceremony.
Please Note
・Entries must be an original work where the applicant has the copyrights. You may not enter works that have been published in a commercial magazine or an app (both Japanese and International), won awards in a competition in Japan including new artist awards, or currently participating in a competition. You may submit works that you have already posted on an art website, social media, etc.
・Anyone can enter the contest, regardless of whether they are a pro or just draw as a hobby.
・Secondary creation work is not possible.
・Various parts of the prize-winning works (such as the title, pen name, part or all of the work, etc.) may be used as necessary by the organizer for free and without compensation for purposes such as announcing the results of the contest, printed materials, and use on the homepage in order to publicize and record the project.
・Entrants should keep the original file before the results announced.
・The rights of the work submitted for the prize belong to the entrant, however each editorial department may contact the entrant through the organizer for magazine publication.
・The prize may be revoked if we discover that an entry condition was not fulfilled prior to the completion of the judging.
・You can submit any artwork that is drawn by any paint tool in analog and digital.
・After the entry period has ended, you may receive a notification from info-contests@medibang.com to the email address registered in your MediBang account. If you do not reply within the reply deadline, your work may be excluded. Check your email and email settings. You can check your registered email address here.
*This does not mean everyone will receive an email from info-contests@medibang.com after the entry period.
*We will not answer questions on info-contests@medibang.com.
・Works that are submitted to the contest will be posted for free and without compensation on the website managed by the city of Kyoto and MediBang, Inc., social networking services/sites, catalogs, etc., for purposes such as contest promotion, advertising, announcing the results, etc.
・At the award ceremony, photos of the winners will be taken. Please note that those photos may be posted on websites and social media managed by the city of Kyoto and MediBang Inc.
How to Enter
【Try to enter the contest from from this page】
1.Register or log-in ART street.
2.Click "enter" at the bottom of this page.
3. Select a file format, and upload your manga.
4. Change settings for "Age restrictions" "Details" "Cover and Pages" etc.
5. Check the banner Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Manga Contest under "Participate in the contest"
6. It will take you to the entry form. Please fill it in.
7. Click "Publish to ART street".

【Try to use artwork been already submitted to ART street】
1.Select "manga" from "Your submissions"
2.Choose the submission and press "Details"
3.Add "Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Manga Contest" banner from "Apply for a Contest"
4. It will take you to the entry form. Please fill it in.
5. Click "Publish to ART street".

【Enter from MediBang Paint】
1. Search for "Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Manga Contest" under "Contest" or "Apply for a Contest"
2. Click "Yes" when the message ”This contest cannot be entered from the app" appears.
3. Select a file format, and upload your manga.
4. Change settings for "Age restrictions" "Details" "Cover and Pages" etc.
5. Check the banner Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Manga Contest under "Participate in the contest"
6. It will take you to the questions. Please fill it in.
7. Click "Publish to ART street".
Prize
Grand Prize Award(One of the best contents from among the prize-winning works in the manga, illustration, and CG animation contests.):100,000 yen + invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair(Announcement at the award ceremony)
Excellence Award(1 artwork):50,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair
Runner-up Award(1 artwork):
Finalist(3 artwork):10,000 yen
Special Jury Award(One content that the judges recognize as the best among the works that did not win a prize in the Manga, Illustration, and CG Animation contests.):10,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair
The Grand Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony. The total prize money awarded to the Grand Prize winner will be 100,000 yen.
The winners will be presented to the companies that will be exhibiting in the "Manga Business Trip Editorial Department" scheduled for September 18 (Saturday) at Miyako Messe.
*Interpreters will be present to assist the winners
* There is a possibility that the event may be canceled or held online due to the new coronavirus. The details about that will be updated frequently.
If we cannot invite you to Kyoto due to the coronavirus, we are planning to send you a gift of Kyoto's traditional goods, etc by mail. (This is for those who have been invited to the award ceremony).
How to Claim the Prize
Prize money will be credited to your Medibang account you applied with. To receive the prize money, you need to register a PayPal account or your bank account information. (The transfer fee is borne by the winner.)
Attention!
By entering in this contest, you are agreeing to the Entry Terms , so be sure to read the full text. In addition, about the entered illustration/s, PLEASE NOTE that after the contest recruitment period is over, except for the addition of tags, it can not be edited or deleted.

Please register and enter the contest!