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  •   01 July - 16 November 2020
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  •   Embassy of Japan 101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT
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  •   020 7465 6500
  •   manga@ld.mofa.go.jp

The Embassy of Japan's search for UK manga creating talent returns for 2020, with the 14th edition of the Manga Jiman competition. The theme for 2020 is 'technology'.

Technology has been playing an ever greater role in our lives, and now more than ever we are relying on technology to keep in touch with our loved ones, conduct our work and live out our daily lives. How the theme is interpreted is down to the entrant, but it must be a written or visual reference, and please state how your work references the theme on your entry form.

Manga Jiman exists to promote manga creating talent in the UK and a wide variety of styles are encouraged. Over the years we have seen winners from across the comics spectrum take the top prize. You can see a selection of winners from previous years on the Manga Jiman Webtoons page here.

The competition has two categories; Yonkoma Manga, a comic strip of 4 panels on one page with a fixed structure, 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.

Winners of the competition will receive fantastic prizes, and it is our plan to host an exhibition of the winning entries at the Embassy of Japan in 2021 if it is safe to do so.

                  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, and more information on the structure can be found here.
What are the prizes?
  • 1st Prize: An original, vintage animation cel personally chosen for the winner by prize sponsors cel-ga.com
  • 2nd Prize: A3 Image scanner from PFU Ltd (Fujitsu)
  • 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 other prizes.
  • 1st Prize: A prize from the Japanese Gallery Kensington
  • 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 2021. Entrants must be legal residents of the United Kingdom who are, or will be, aged 11, 12 or 13 by 1 January 2021. Entrants must be born between 2 January 2007 and 1 January 2010.
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 2020 Rules & Regulations. Please read carefully. Full details can be found in Yonkoma Manga Competition 2020 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 to Manga Jiman Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

Alternatively you can submit your work electronically to manga@ld.mofa.go.jp. If your artwork is over 10mb, please contact us in advance for instructions on how to submit your artwork. We must also receive a scan or a clear photograph of your completed entry from with your entry.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday 16 November 2020, 5pm (GMT).

Please email manga@ld.mofa.go.jp or contact us on social media with any questions.




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