UK artists who want to create their own stories have a great opportunity to get their work seen thanks to the Embassy of Japan who are running their annual comic-writing competition, Manga Jiman.
According to the website, the theme of this year’s competition is ‘bright young things’ so entrants must make a story connected to this phrase. The competition has two categories; Yonkoma Manga, a comic strip of 4 panels on one page, for entrants aged between 11 and 13 and Manga Jiman, a short story told across 6 to 8 pages for anyone aged 14 or over.
Those entering the Manga Jiman competition (rules) will have the chance to receive prizes and have their artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy in 2016. The first prize for Manga Jiman is two return tickets to Japan, the second prize is a laptop computer from Toshiba of Europe Ltd, and the third prize is a digital camera from Ricoh UK Ltd. Runners up will receive a selection of manga publications, and other prizes. The first prize winner of Manga Jiman is responsible for the payment of Air Passenger Duty (U.K. Departure tax) and Passenger Service Charges, the total of which as of 8 July 2015 amounts to approximately GBP £126.56 per ticket based on a return flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda. Please note the amount of Air Passenger Duty and Passenger Service Charge may change depending on airport and the exchange rate.
For an example of winning entries from previous years you can see them on this website.
The Yonkoma Manga competition (rules) encourages entrants aged between 11 and 13 to create a comic strip of 4 panels on one page. The first prize for this category is a print from the Japanese gallery.
People entering Manga Jiman and Yonkoma Manga will have to attach an entry form to their artwork. There is a deadline and it is just over a month away. According to the website, entries received after 5pm Monday, 30 November 2015 will not be deemed eligible to be judged in the competition. If you have any queries about the competition please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries should be sent to:
MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2015 or YONKOMA MANGA COMPETITION 2015
Embassy of Japan
London W1J 7JT