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The Theme of the 2018 Illustration Section

WASAMON – Give it a try!

The second KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival is going to be held this year!
SILENT MANGA AUDITION® EXTRA ROUND ''Illustration Section'' is now open for submissions!

The world’s biggest International Manga Award,
“SILENT MANGA AUDITION®” is once again holding another EXTRA ROUND in collaboration with the "KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival."
Manga from 106 countries will be gathered in Kumamoto!
Why not send in your illustration with other people from around the world?

What is the KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival?

The KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival is a manga themed event held in the city of Kumamoto, Japan.
The festival was first held in April 2017 with the motto of “Send smiles to Kumamoto from around the world.” The event gathered over 800 manga and illustrations and drew around 4000 visitors from all over the world. The festival is back again this year due to the popularity that it had with visitors and will be held in September 2018! The theme this time is “WASAMON will connect the world to Kumamoto”. So please connect the world to Kumamoto with YOUR illustrations!

Examples of Prizewinning Works from 2017 Manga Section Illustration Section

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 The exhibition of prizewinning works and illustrations of famous manga creators really draw the attention of visitors!

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 It's an event where the prizewinning works exhibition and workshops make everyone smile!

ーIllustration Sectionー
We look forward to seeing your WASAMON Illustration entry!

What is WASAMON?

“Wasamon (早生者 / わさもん)” is an unique concept in the Kumamoto dialect.
Literally speaking, it means ““a person with deep curiosity who is open-minded towards change and dares to challenge new things.”
It's a concept that perfectly describes the people of Kumamoto! SMA-EX3 is eager for your illustrations which show characters with the spirit of fertile curiosity and an innate desire to experience new and exciting challenges.
We want you to submit an illustration to the SMA-EX3 that could even surprise the WASAMON people in Kumamoto. That is the truly spirit of “WASAMON”!








Tips for a Better Evaluation

  • ●Show the scenery of Kumamoto in your work
  • ●Create positive images overflowing with smiles and curiosity

Words from the Chairman of the KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival

Thank you for the all of the overwhelming support from all over the world. Last year’s “SMA-EX2 KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival” would not have been the success that it was without you.

We aimed to “bring smiles and laughter to Kumamoto where the large earthquake occured” and held an extra round for manga creators and illustrators with the theme of “Smiles + Kumamoto”. As a result, we received 209 mangas from 39 countries and regions, and 551 illustrations from 59 countries and regions, all within 2 months! The KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival was held as an international event that exhibited and awarded the highest achieving manga creators from around the world. Thanks to all of you, the event was a great success and enabled us to bring lots of smiles to the people of Kumamoto. We cannot thank you enough!

Now, with the cooperation of Kumamoto’s executives, companies and universities, we are excited to announce that the “SMA-EX3 KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival 2018” will commence in September this year! We hope to make this event bigger and brighter than last time!

Kumamoto is found in the far south western region of Japan called Kyūshū, far from the centrally located, bustling hubs of Tokyo or historic Kyoto. But that hasn’t stopped this city from producing many popular manga creators including Eiichiro Oda sensei of ONE PIECE and Takehiko Inoue sensei of SLAM DUNK and Vagabond. It’s a city that is home to unique people that are trailblazers in innovative thinking (=WASAMON). It is a kingdom of creativity that is populated by pioneers of change resulting from their unwavering fertile curiosity. Our goal is to make the “KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival"" an event where manga creators from all over the world can take part and communicate through their common love of manga creation.

This festival will see the birth of many future stars of manga and kickstart the hopeful careers of all who enter the SMA-EX3 “KUMAMOTO International Manga Festival 2018.” It all begins with your entry! We look forward to reading all of your magnificent works.

Enter in 3 easy step

  • 1Draw a illustration

  • 2Check the box next to the banner


  • 3Submit to ART street


Submission Details

Entry Period
May 31st 2018 - 6:00 p.m. (JST) on Aug. 10th 2018
Entry Format and Important Points
・Depictions that infringe upon the rights (image rights, copyrights, etc.) of a third party are prohibited.
・Derivative works are not allowed.
・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.
・The rights of works 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.
How to Enter
MediBang Contest Website
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. Select the Illustrations tab and then upload your file as a JPG or PNG.
5. Enter the Title for the illustration and make sure to add the Tag SMA-EX3-KUMAMOTO before saving your settings.
6. When you're finished, click Submit & Publish at the bottom of the page.
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).
Entry Conditions
・No limit to the number of times a person can apply. Entrants are welcome to submit multiple works.
・Illustrations can be done in color, or black and white.
・We would like to see the scenery of Kumamoto included in the work.
・Images that have a positive message and make someone smile or awaken their curiosity will receive a better evaluation.
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.
Please note that submitted works cannot be edited or deleted after the entry period is over, however tags (not including the contest tag) can still be added.

A look back at the Kumamoto International Manga Festival 2017 in Photos
"The day Kumamoto welcomed the smiles of the world."

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 Katо̄ Kiyomasa drawn by Tetsuo Hara!

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 A lot of visitors came to see the works.

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 The winners from Italy and Indonesia surrounded by the stunning manga exhibition!

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 A winner of the team from Vietnam (in a victory pose) talks about the joy of receiving a prize!

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 Tsukasa Hojo and his longtime editor talk about the secrets to the start of a masterpiece.

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 The media talking to the prizewinners from Russia.

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 Ryūji Tsugihara showing kids how to draw at a manga workshop!

熊本国際漫画祭2017の様子 Mr. Hojo talks to everyone about the future at the prizewinners' ceremony.

Please register and enter the contest!