International Comic/Manga School Contest 2023 now is over!
International Comic/Manga School Contest 2023: Celsys officially opens the International Comic/Manga School Contest 2023 for students worldwide, accepting comics and illustrations on the theme of Light and Darkness. This worldwide contest limits eligibility to students, giving enthusiastic young artists and future professional comic artists a chance to learn new techniques and to make contact early in their careers with media organizations around the world.
School registration begins on November 1, with entries from students to be accepted from December 1. Many Japanese and international companies in the comic industry have endorsed the contest. Six companies, including SHUEISHA, KADOKAWA, BookLive, Ki-oon, pixiv, and Wacom, have signed on as Gold sponsors with seven other Silver sponsors and operational support from NGOs such as The Japan Cartoonists Association, Manga Japan, and the Digital Manga Association. Prize winners will have chances to have their entries published in sponsors’ media outlets. In addition to the Comic and Manga categories, there are many chances to win in the six comic-related categories in total, including the Webtoon, Bande Dessinée, Illustration, and Storyboard categories, where students draw a comic according to an assigned manuscript.
Theme Light and Darkness (All categories) Submission Categories Entries will be accepted for the following six categories. Original Comic/Manga/Bande Dessinée Categories An original comic (color), manga (black-and-white/color), or bande dessinée (color) for all ages (8-32 pages, including cover). Please choose the appropriate category for your work and submit. Original Webtoon Category (Color recommended) An original webtoon for all ages (sized 800 x 20,000-300,000 pixels or a height ratio of 25 to 375 for an image 800 pixels or less when the width is set to 1). Storyboard Category A 4–16 page manga, comic or webtoon drawn according to the supplied manuscript. Illustration Category An original color illustration for all ages - no size requirements.
How to Participate A teacher or member of school staff must register on behalf of the school or program in order for students to be eligible. Students will need to enter this school ID when submitting their artwork. Please see here for more information. https://www.clipstudio.net/promotion/comiccontest/en/
Results announced: Early July 2023 (tentative)
Starting in 2018 as a contest for European artists, the International Comic/Manga School Contest is now in its sixth year. Last year, the contest garnered over 1,600 compelling entries from 1,317 participating schools in 90 countries and regions. Entries are accepted in any language, inviting a wide variety of entries from many countries and regions. The winning entries will also be translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean for readers all over the world to enjoy.
Awards and Prizes Comic / Manga / Bande Dessinée / Webtoon Categories Contest Grand Prize (1 Winner) US$3,300 cash prize ・The new Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 (DTH167) for creators who want the natural and precise pen performance ・Cross-platform painting tool, Clip Studio Paint EX (single-device, 3 years) Category Award (1 winner per category) ・US$1,700 cash prize ・Wacom One Creative Pen Display ・Clip Studio Paint EX (single-device, 3 years) Runners-up (3–5 winners per category) ・Clip Studio Paint EX (single-device, 3 years) Storyboard Category Category Award (1 Winner) ・US$2,200 cash prize ・Wacom One Creative Pen Display ・Clip Studio Paint EX (single-device, 3 years) Runners-up (3–5 winners per category) ・Clip Studio Paint EX (single-device, 3 years) Illustration Category Category Award (1 Winner) ・US$550 cash prize ・Wacom One Creative Pen Display ・Clip Studio Paint PRO (single-device, 3 years) Runners-up (3–5 winners per category) ・Clip Studio Paint PRO (single-device, 3 years)