MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2018

Artwork by 2017 Manga Jiman winner Shangomola Edunjobi

The Embassy of Japan continues its search to find the best comic short stories in the UK as we are delighted to launch MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2018.

The competition has two categories; Yonkoma Manga, a comic strip of 4 panels on one page, for entrants aged between 11 and 13 (see details below) and Manga Jiman, a short story told across 6 to 8 pages for anyone aged 14 or over.

Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story which includes a reference, either written and/or visual, to this year’s theme 'home'.

Winners and runners-up shall receive fantastic prizes and will have their artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy in 2019.

The competition judges look for artistic ability, original style, smart storytelling and imaginative ideas. Every year the chosen shortlisted entries display a wide variety of styles and innovative storylines which raises interesting questions about what defines manga/comics in this country. A selection of recent winning entries can be found here.
  Manga Jiman Yonkoma Manga
What is required? A story created on 6 to 8 A4-sized pages and drawn so that it reads from left to right. Title pages are allowed but are included in the total number which must not exceed 8 pages.  A story told in 4 panels on one A4 portrait sized paper. The manga must only contain four panels and must be drawn so that it reads from top to bottom. A template can be found here.
What are the prizes?
  • 1st Prize: Two (2) return air tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways*
  • 2nd Prize: Laptop from Toshiba
  • 3rd Prize: A digital camera from RICOH UK Ltd
Runners-up will receive a selection of manga publications, available in the UK from various UK manga publishers amongst others prizes.
  • 1st Prize: A prize from the Japanese Gallery.
Runners-up will receive a selection of fantastic manga-related prizes.
Who can enter? Entrants must be legal residents of the United Kingdom who are or will be 14 years old on 1 January 2019. Entrants must be legal residents of the United Kingdom who are, or will be, aged 11, 12 or 13 by 1 January 2019. Entrants must be born between 2 January 2005 and 1 January 2008.
What to send? A completed Entry Form along with your photocopied artwork. Entry Forms can be downloaded here.
What are the criteria? Full details can be found in Manga Jiman Competition 2018 Rules & Regulations. Please read carefully. Full details can be found in Yonkoma Manga Competition 2018 Rules & Regulations. Please read carefully.
Should you wish to enter, please fill out the official Entry Form and submit it along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman 2018 Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm Monday, 5 November 2018.
Please email manga@ld.mofa.go.jp or phone 020 7465 6540 with any queries about the competition.


*The 1st 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 amounts to approximately GBP £150 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.

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