'Bright Young Things' by Lorenzo Fruzza,
winner of Manga Jiman 2014

Our quest to find the best creators of comic short-stories is back as the Embassy of Japan is delighted to launch our comic-writing competition, MANGA JIMAN 2015!

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 referring to this year’s theme; 'bright young things'.

Winners and runners-up will receive superb prizes and will have their artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy in 2016.

So what are we looking for? Drawings of characters with big eyes and crazy hair? Not necessarily. The judges are looking for originality, good storytelling, artistic ability and style. If you read some examples of winning entries from previous years here, you will see a variety of styles and innovations.
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. 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: A laptop computer from Toshiba of Europe Ltd.

  • 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 print 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 2016.
Entrants must be legal residents of the United Kingdom who are, or will be, aged 11, 12 or 13 by 1 January 2016. Entrants must be born between 2 January 2002 and 1 January 2005.
What to send? Please do not forget to attach a completed Entry Form along with your photocopied artwork. Entry Forms can be downloaded here.
Anything else to note? Please read the Manga Jiman Competition 2015 Rules & Regulations carefully before applying. Please read the Yonkoma Manga Competition 2015 Rules & Regulations carefully before applying.

Should you wish to enter, please read the full rules and then fill out and submit the official application form along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman 2015 Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

Entries received after 5pm Monday, 30 November 2015 will not be deemed eligible to be judged in the competition. Please contact manga@ld.mofa.go.jp 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 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.