13th Japan International Manga Award - Drawing competition

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13th Japan International Manga Award

CALL FOR ENTRY: The 13th Japan International Manga Award, international manga drawing competition organised by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan has been recently opened for entries for 2019 and especially dedicated to non-Japanese manga artists!


• About •

The 13th Japan International Manga Award 2019 now is open for entries and especially dedicated to non-Japanese manga artists! This manga drawing competition aims to award Manga creators who contribute to the spread of Manga culture overseas and international cultural exchange through Manga.



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded the Japan International Manga Award in 2007 for the purpose of expanding international exchange and mutual understanding through the MANGA culture which is widely accepted around the world. This award honors the MANGA artists who are contributing to the development of MANGA culture in the world.

Submission requirements:

Eligible manga works need to be composed of more than 16 pages. Both published and unpublished works are eligible to apply, excluding the past winning works of Japan International Manga Awards.
Eligible manga works should be the ones which have been produced within the past three years (2016-2019) from the date of application, and must have been produced outside Japan.
Eligible manga works must be submitted in printed form.
Only 1 work may be submitted per applicant. Only one work may be accepted under one title (or series). In case that a collection of short stories is to be applied, only one story will be accepted for examination.

Overseas publishing companies can apply to the Japan International MANGA Award, upon confirmation from the MANGA artists of submitting their work. Either the comic artist or story writer of the submitted work has to be a foreign national.

The Gold Award will be given to the best work and the Silver Awards to three other excellent works. The awardees will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation to attend the award ceremony ceremony held in Tokyo on February, 2020. During their stay in Japan (approximately 10 days trip), they will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Japanese MANGA creators, visit publishing companies and make an excursion to local sites.

There is no entry fee to participate!


It's free to enter!

• Eligibility •

The 13th Japan International Manga Award 2019 is especially dedicated to non-Japanese manga artists!

• Prize •

he Gold Award will be given to the best work and the Silver Awards to three other excellent works. Taking the opportunity of the award ceremony, the Japan Foundation will invite award recipients to Japan for about ten days. The participants will pay courtesy calls on Japanese cartoonists, publishing companies and others.

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